A preliminary federal report shows that 50-year-old Steven O’berg was flying a Christen Industries Pitts S-2B plane used for stunts.
The report indicates that the aircraft pitched down and tumbled twice before entering a left spin and completing about two and a half revolutions before crashing.
O’Berg had planned 10 aerobatic maneuvers and was on his ninth when the crash occurred. The cause of the crash remains unstated, the full NTSB report will take around a year to publish.
UPDATE: 10:55 p.m 6/28/15
The pilot of the plane that died shortly after a crash at the Cameron Air Show Saturday, has been identified.
Steve O’berg of Mosby has been flying since 1983 and he served in the military for 23 years. O’bergs wife was supposedly in the crowd when the accident took place.
Witnesses say O’berg had completed most of his routine when his plane dived and disappeared behind some trees along the edge of the airport. The FAA is investigating the crash and the Air Show has continued dispite the catastrophy.
UPDATE: 9:59 p.m.
Authorities say a biplane has crashed during an air show in northwest Missouri. Police said the only injury was to the pilot. No details on that were immediately available.
Cameron Police Chief Rick Bashor said the accident occurred about 1:50 p.m. Saturday during a performance at the Cameron Airshow. Bashor said spectators weren’t in danger since the pilot was in the performance area.
Bashor said the pilot was taken to Cameron Regional Medical Center. He didn’t give details.
Authorities were working to determine the accident’s cause.
National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Keith Holloway says reports indicate the plane may have hit trees near the airport. Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Elizabeth Cory said an investigation has begun into the crash of the Pitts biplane.
UPDATE 6:39 p.m.
KMZU has received confirmed information that the air show will resume with the night show and the concert Saturday evening along with the show scheduled for Sunday.
UPDATE 5:15 p.m.
KMZU’s Justin Aldred received informal confirmation from a Cameron Air Show employee that the pilot involved in the accident has died. The airshow, which was supposed to run both Saturday and Sunday, has been cancelled as a result of the crash.
UPDATE 4:27 p.m.
Justin Aldred is on scene at the Cameron Airport. The status of the pilot has not been made available to the public and the day show has been cancelled. There has been no confirmation about the show scheduled for Saturday evening or Sunday’s show.
KMZU has received multiple reports regarding a plane crash at the Cameron Air Show this afternoon. The reports indicated the pilot was taken from the scene of the accident and is being life flighted. Cameron Sherrif’s Department is unable to release any information at this time about the accident or confirm any injuries. KMZU’s Justin Alrded is en route to the scene and more information will be available upon being received.