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Autopsy: Pilot who crashed at Travis Air Force base died of burns

By From page A4 | June 26, 2014

FAIRFIELD — An autopsy report says the pilot of a vintage biplane that crashed during a Northern California air show died of burns.

The Air Force Wednesday says a Solano County autopsy report concluded extensive thermal injuries killed 77-year-old Eddie Andreini.

His plane crashed before 85,000 people during a May 4 show at Travis Air Force Base.

The plane was upside down and 20 feet off the ground for a stunt where a knife attached to it was supposed to cut a ribbon.

Instead, investigators say the plane struck the runway, slid and burst into flames before coming to a stop.


The Associated Press

The Associated Press


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  • BobJune 26, 2014 - 6:59 am

    Twenty feet off the ground, quater mile away, you couldn't see the knife cutting unless you were using binoculars. No fire trucks, no ambulance. 27 MPH winds, the Army team didn't jump because of winds. Not one of these pros thought this was a mix for disaster? Gust of wind blew his right wing down, tail hit, rest of plane hit, he's calling for help, where is help? In the past there would be displays of both paramedics and firefighter trucks and equipment, there were none this year. Poor judgement caused this plane crash.

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  • justsomeguyJune 26, 2014 - 10:38 am

    The army team did jump that same day,and obviously the "pros" didn't feel it was a mix for disaster. everyone always wants to point a finger and blame others. He passed doing what he loved,he was a wonderful entertainer that I saw many times. god bless his family and friends,

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  • YELPJune 26, 2014 - 6:42 pm

    Bob you were not there, therefore instead of telling a story about what you think happen, leave it to the experts to explain next time, ok? that way you cant get called out when everyone that was there can make sure they call you out for assuming.

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  • YelpwatchJune 26, 2014 - 7:25 pm

    YELP must have been working the Bob watch that day.

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  • omydarling21June 26, 2014 - 8:20 am

    So he died of burns not the crash meanimg he was still alive while the emergancy responders were lollygagging around for 4 minutes.

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  • GemmaJune 26, 2014 - 11:58 am

    Stupid decision or not, you have to admit that burning to death is horrible, and I wouldn't wish it on anyone. I think it's sad that many spectators essentially watched his demise, unable to do anything to stop it. May he RIP.

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  • 2realJune 26, 2014 - 5:28 pm


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  • NimrodJune 26, 2014 - 9:05 pm

    Did somebody call?

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