California pilot who crashed deemed fit to perform

FAIRFIELD, Calif. (AP) — The head of an air show trade association says the pilot who crashed and died while performing a stunt at a Northern California air show had recently passed a skills test that included his flying routines.

International Council of Air Shows' President John Cudahy says the council's records show 77-year-old Eddie Andreini passed the test just a few weeks before Sunday's crash.

Cudahy tells the Sacramento Bee ( ) that Andreini was tested in over 60 areas and was judged to be mentally and physically fit for the stunts he performed.

Andreini was flying upside-down in an acrobatic maneuver when his 1944 Stearman biplane hit the ground and burst into flames during the "Thunder Over Solano" air show at Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating into what caused the crash.

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