Preliminary report says Missouri crash occurred during stunt
ST. JOSEPH (AP) - A preliminary federal report showed that a fatal plane crash at a northwest Missouri air show occurred during a planned aerobatic maneuver.
The crash June 27 at the air show in Cameron killed the pilot, 50-year-old Steven O'Berg, from Smithville, Missouri. He was flying a Christen Industries Pitts S-2B used for stunts.
The St. Joseph News-Press reported the National Transportation Safety Board said preliminary information shows the pilot planned to do 10 aerobatic maneuvers during the flight. O'Berg completed eight maneuvers, and crashed during the ninth.
The report doesn't detail the cause of the crash. It said the airplane pitched down and tumbled twice before entering a left spin and completing about two and a half revolutions before crashing.
The NTSB's full report will take about a year.