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Stunt Pilot Dies At Air Show

September 24, 1990

MIDDLE RIVER, Md. (AP) _ A veteran stunt pilot died when his plane crashed during a corkscrew turn in front of more than 15,000 people at an air show.

Jack Buford Poage, 62, was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital after Sunday’s accident in this Baltimore suburb. Poage had been a co-manager of the Carroll County Airport northwest of Baltimore.

Poage, a veteran stunt flier, was participating in an air show at the Martin State Airport that drew an estimated 15,000 to 20,000 people.

He had been expected to take his single-engine biplane through three corkscrew turns during a nosedive from about 1,500 feet. For an unknown reason, Poage added a fourth turn to the maneuver. The plane belly-landed in a grassy section of the airport next to the main runway.

″About another 20 or 30 feet of altitude, and he would have been okay,″ said Bob Cadwalader, an airline transport pilot from Baltimore who witnessed the accident.

Carol Riley, a spokeswoman for the airport, said the accident forced officials to cancel the remaining 11 acts of the air show.

Chuck Jackson, a state police spokesman, said that state police, the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board were trying to determine the cause of the crash.

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