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  • WATCH: SA aerobatic pilot crashes nose-first in front of horrified fans

    WATCH: SA aerobatic pilot crashes nose-first in front of horrified fans

    A SA aviator was killed when his aerobatic aircraft crashed during an air show display at Charles Prince Airport in Zimbabwe.

    WATCH AS THE PLANE CRASHES IN FRONT OF HORRIFIED FANS

    The plane is seen spinning several times and then veering out of control when he levels up and tries to do a climb.

    It crashes nose-first in front of horrified aviation fans who initially assume it is all part of the show.

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    In the video, the horrified fans can be heard reacting with shock as they realise this is not part of the show.

    WATCH: SA aerobatic pilot crashes nose-first in front of horrified fans
    d 54-year-old Mark Sampson from the Marksmen Aviation Team. Photo: Facebook

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    Video:Facebook

    The incident happened on Tuesday night.

    The pilot is well-known and loved 54-year-old Mark Sampson from the Marksmen Aviation Team.

    In a statement, the Marksmen Aviation Team described Sampson as an outstanding aviator, honoured team member, trusted number-4 and loyal friend.

    SAMPSON REMEMBERED AS OUTSTANDING AVIATOR AND LOYAL FRIEND

    The team was on the return leg of a roundabout trip from Cape Town to Nairobi, where they had performed a successful aerobatic formation display at the Kenyan Défense Force (KDF) Museum Airshow, held in conjunction with the Aero Club of East Africa.

    “The Marksmen Aerobatic Team is devastated, and we are currently working with the Zimbabwean authorities,” Nils Flaatten said.

    Social media has been flooded with messages of condolences since the accident.

    One social media user posted:

    “Yesterday was a very sad day as we said goodbye to a legendary pilot, Mark “Sammy” Sampson. It came as a shock to us all.

    “I never had the privilege to meet Mark, but I was lucky enough to have seen him perform on two different occasions. The first time I saw him in action was when he arrived at the Stellenbosch Heritage fly-in day and what an arrival it was. This was the first time I ever saw aerobatic pilots in action and from that moment, my love and passion for the sport started growing. I owe this all to you, Mark.

    “My prayers and sincerest condolences go out to his friends and family. He will be dearly missed.

    “Fly high, Mark. We will never forget you.”

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    d 54-year-old Mark Sampson from the Marksmen Aviation Team. Photo: Facebook

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