BRANDY STATION, Va. - The pilot of a small plane taking part in an air show was killed in a crash at Culpeper Regional Airport, authorities say.
According to the Federal Aviation Administration, a Van's RV-8 aircraft crashed while the pilot was performing maneuvers at around 8 p.m. Friday.
"During the night portion of the Culpeper Air Fest an aerobatic act experienced an accident," the Culpeper Air Fest said in a statement. "Emergency services that were onsite were dispatched immediately and are currently at work on the scene. It is too early to release any specific details at this time as there is an ongoing investigation. The educational portion of the Culpeper Air Fest for tomorrow morning will continue as planned, and as we get more details on the investigation we will make decisions on the remaining portions of the airshow. Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone involved and we will update you as soon as we have further information."
Virginia State Police, the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board responded to the scene to investigate what caused plane to crash.
Police say they are still working on confirming the identity of the pilot.
According to its website, the Culpeper Air Fest is the largest annual event in Culpeper and features the world’s only privately-owned Harrier, aerobatic aircraft and vintage warbirds.