July 28, 1997 in Nation/World

Air Show Crash Kills Pilot, 7 Spectators

Compiled From Wire Services

A pilot who nose-dived at an air show appeared to regain control of the plane at the last instant - but not soon enough to avoid skidding in a “carpet of flame” that showered spectators with deadly debris.

The Jordanian pilot and seven spectators, including a French girl and her father, were killed Saturday when the light aircraft crashed amid blustery wind near public bleachers outside the coastal resort of Ostend.

The rest of the victims were Belgium men. An additional person, a Red Cross volunteer, died from injuries early Sunday. About 40 people were injured, 10 of them critically.

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