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NTSB Says Deadly Fairfield Air Show Crash Investigation Could Take At Least 9 Months

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A Half Moon Bay pilot was killed in a crash during a show at Travis Air Force Base Sunday. (CBS)

A Half Moon Bay pilot was killed in a crash during a show at Travis Air Force Base Sunday. (CBS)

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FAIRFIELD (KCBS)— Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) say they will look into the emergency response time, among other factors, following a deadly air- show plane accident Sunday in Fairfield and that it could take up to a minimum of nine months to complete.

Some dramatic YouTube video captured the crash at the Thunder Over Solano air show at Travis Air Force Base where veteran stunt-pilot Eddie Andreini can be seen flying his plane too low to the ground and upside down before he crashed.

Emergency crews were immediately notified, but some have said it took them five minutes to reach the burning plane. Andreini was pronounced dead at the scene.

NTSB investigator Howard Plagens said the federal agency will look at the response time.

NTSB Says Deadly Fairfield Air Show Crash Investigation Could Take At Least 9 Months

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“Those regulations are also part of the operational factors that we will be looking at. There are standards and that is part of what we will evaluate,” he said.

Plagens said Monday’s focus would be factual documentation of the on site, including ground scars and wreckage. According to Plagens, the safety board has more than 100 videos of the deadly crash to examine.

The 77-year-old Andreini, of Half Moon Bay, had been piloting the vintage biplane for 30 years. None of the tens of thousands of spectators were hurt as a result of the crash.

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