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Jet Crashes During Air Show, Killing Pilot

May 3, 1993

EL TORO MARINE CORPS AIR STATION, Calif. (AP) _ A Korean War-vintage jet fighter crashed Sunday during an air show before hundreds of thousands of spectators. The pilot was killed, but no spectators were hurt.

It was the third crash in the past eight years at the show. Three fliers have been killed; a fourth was seriously injured.

Spectators cried, hugged each other and comforted children after the F-86 crashed just before it was to begin a mock dogfight with a Soviet MiG-15.

About a quarter-mile away from spectators, the Sabre swooped down, skimmed its bottom on the ground, then burst into flames.

The pilot was identified as James A. Gregory, 31, of Amelia Island, Fla., coroner Rick McAnally said.

The crash came on the second day of the 43rd annual El Toro Air Show, which attracted some 1 million people on Saturday and Sunday.

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