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Plane that crashed in West Virginia was built in 1958

September 17, 2011 | 10:07 pm

The six-plane Trojan Horsemen Demonstration Flight Team begins its performance at the Thunder Over the Blue Ridge Open House and Air Show on Saturday in Martinsburg, W. Va.

The vintage military plane that crashed at an airshow in Martinsburg, W.Va., killing its pilot, was built in 1958, the Associated Press reported. Earlier reports had called it a World War II-era plane.

The fixed-wing, single-engine T-28 plane is registered to John Mangan of Concord, N.C., the AP said, and was built in 1958, according to a Federal Aviation Administration registry.

The pilot's name has not been released.

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PHOTO: The six-plane Trojan Horsemen Demonstration Flight Team begins its performance at the Thunder Over the Blue Ridge Open House and Air Show on Saturday in Martinsburg, W. Va. One of the planes crashed and exploded six minutes into the performance. CREDIT: Ron Agnir / Journal Newspaper

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