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Finnish Plane Crashes At Air Show, Pilot Killed

August 28, 1988

BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) _ A Finnish military training aircraft crashed at an air show Sunday, killing the pilot, police said. It was the second fatal crash at a Belgian air show in three weeks.

The plane, a Redigo, belonged to the state-owned Finnish aircraft maker Valmet, which recently sold 10 such planes to the Finnish air force for training purposes.

Police said another Redigo plane took part in the air show organized by the Belgian air force at Kleine Brogel Air Base, 68 miles northeast of Brussels.

Witnesses said the two planes were circling at about 3.30 p.m. when one of them, piloted by Ari Piippo, failed to come out of a spin and fell to the ground. Officials said the plane was flying too low for the pilot to use his ejection seat.

On Aug. 7, a Belgian pilot died when his Mirage-5 jetfighter crashed at an air show, also organized by the Belgian Air Force, at Leopoldsburg, seven miles west of Kleine Brogel Air Base.

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