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"The Travis Air Expo has been canceled due to the aircraft crash of an aerial performer. Guests of the base should comply with Security Forces instruction to exit the installation. Security Forces requests for individuals to provide photo and video footage of the crash to assist in the investigation. Call 424-2000 for more information about photo and video collection."
The pilot has been identified as 77-year-old Eddie Andreini of Half Moon Bay. NBC Bay Area was performing an "acrobatic aerial maneuver" around 2 p.m. when he crashed, according to Col. David Mott of Travis Air Force Base.
Eyewitness pictures and video on Twitter and Instagram caught the aftermath of the crash, showing thick black smoke and fire engines rushing to the scene.
Berkeley resident Urso Chappell tweeted out a picture from the parking lot.
"This is not what you want to see at an air show. A bi-plane crashed here at Travis Air Force Base." Chappell tweeted.
Chappell told NBC Bay Area that "he did not see the accident happen, just the horrible aftermath."
"I had already left the air show and was in the parking lot. I just saw fire trucks heading toward the tarmac," he said.
A KCRA 3 employee who was at the air show said the biplane flew into the ground while flying upside down, the station reported.