Texas pilot killed in Iowa air show crash
A fiery piece of a L-39 jet plane, catapults away from the main fireball, Saturday, September 1, 2012, after it crashed during the Quad-City Air Show in Mt. Joy, Iowa, Saturday September 1, 2012. (AP / The Quad City Times, Kevin E. Schmidt)
Published Sunday, September 2, 2012 2:44PM EDT
DAVENPORT, Iowa -- Authorities have identified the pilot who was killed when his plane crashed during an air show in eastern Iowa.
The Quad-City Times reported that Glenn A. Smith, of Frisco, Texas, was the pilot killed in the crash.
Smith was CEO of the Warbird Educational Foundation that owned the Soviet-era jet he was flying.
The crash Saturday created a fireball when Smith's plane failed to pull out of a 45-degree bank and crashed into a field. No one else was hurt. Federal officials are investigating.
Smith was part of the HopperFlight jet team that was performing at the Quad-City Air Show in Davenport.
A squadron of planes flew over the crash site Sunday in the "missing man" formation before the air show continued.