Pilot dies in stunt crash ahead of NY air show

NEW YORK - An aerobatic pilot crashed and died in upstate New York on Friday while practising stunts in a propeller plane ahead of a weekend air show, police said.

The accident happened at about 2:00 pm (1800 GMT) at Stewart International Airport in New Windsor in the scenic Hudson Valley, on the eve of the New York Air Show.

"It appeared the aircraft had experienced a structural failure," a New York State Police spokesman told AFP.

The show, scheduled Saturday and Sunday at Stewart, is to feature demonstrations from civilian and military performers, including by Navy SEAL Leap Frogs, a parachute team.

The crash comes a week after up to 11 people were killed when a vintage military plane crashed onto a busy road in Britain near the Shoreham air show on the south coast of England.

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