Coleman, TX Stunt Pilot Killed, Apr 1987


Coleman (AP) - A bi-plane's wing nicked the ground while flying stunts at an air show Saturday, sending the craft into an end-over-end spin before it exploded into flames and killed the pilot, police said.
KEN CHENAULT of Dallas was piloting a single-engine Flying Pitts bi-plane through snap rolls when the accident occurred about 2:30 p.m. at the Coleman Air Show, officials said.
Several hundred spectators watched as the plane crashed and burst into flames in a plowed field north of the air show site in Coleman, about 60 miles south of Abilene, police dispatcher Harold Hubbard said.
Rescue workers used jaws of life to pry CHENAULT out of the wreckage, but authorities say he was already dead.

Del Rio News Herald Texas 1987-04-12