The Smithville pilot who was killed last month at the Cameron Airshow was attempting the ninth of 10 planned maneuvers when the plane crashed, according to a preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board.
The report does not state what caused the biplane to crash, killing 50-year-old Steven Carl O’Berg. Another pilot familiar with O’Berg’s routine said he planned to do a “45-degree knife-edge climb” and then an end-over-end flip and spin.
“The airplane appeared to enter a left spin and completed about two and a half revolutions before it impacted the terrain,” the NTSB report said. Observers said they heard the engine die. It will be shipped to the manufacturer for examination.
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