Two Pilots Killed In Local Crashes

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Two pilots who were in the area to participate in AirVenture were killed in two separate crashes during the week. Richard James, 67, of Fennimore, Wis., died Tuesday in the crash of his North American P-51D. James had taken part in the warbird show, and was flying in formation with other aircraft and staging for additional maneuvers when his aircraft went down and crashed in a rural area near Fond du Lac, southeast of Oshkosh, EAA said. No cause for the crash was immediately apparent. On Wednesday morning, Michael Crowell, 48, of Arlington, Wash., was flying a 2005 Sportsman 2+2, a Glasair kitplane, en route to a video shoot at nearby Wautoma Municipal Airport, when it crashed into a grassy part of the airfield and caught fire. The video team was shooting another subject at the time and caught the crash on camera. The NTSB is reviewing the tape.