A Stearman biplane crashed during the Thunder Over Solano Air Show at the Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, Calif. Sunday afternoon, the FAA said.
Local emergency responders are at the scene of the crash. The condition of the pilot is currently unknown.
The official Facebook page of Travis Air Force Base posted a message around 2:40 p.m. which said the air show had been canceled due to the crash:
“The Travis Air Expo has been cancelled due to the aircraft crash of an aerial performer. Guests of the base should comply with Security Forces instruction to exit the installation. Security Forces requests for individuals to provide photo and video footage of the crash to assist in the investigation. Call 424-2000 for more information about photo and video collection.”
Eyewitness pictures and video on Twitter and Instagram caught the aftermath of the crash, showing thick black smoke and fire engines rushing to the scene.
Berkeley resident Urso Chappell tweeted out a picture from the parking lot.
“This is not what you want to see at an air show. A bi-plane crashed here at Travis Air Force Base.” Chappell tweeted.
Chappell told NBC Bay Area that “he did not see the accident happen, just the horrible aftermath.”
“I had already left the air show and was in the parking lot. I just saw fire trucks heading toward the tarmac,” he said.
A KCRA 3 employee who was at the air show said the biplane flew into the ground while flying upside down, the station reported.