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Restored Fighter Jet Crashes, 1 Killed

July 24, 2006

HICKORY, N.C. (AP) _ A restored Korean War-era military jet crashed Monday and burst into flames, killing the pilot shortly after the F-86 Sabre had taken off, authorities said.

The single-seat plane crashed several hundred feet from the runway, said airport spokeswoman Mandy Pitts. The ejection seat wasn’t used, officials said.

The aircraft was headed to an air show in Wisconsin, Pitts said. The identity of the pilot wasn’t immediately available.

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