Video captures crash of British jet during air show

View of smoke plume following the crash of a British Folland Gnat aircraft at an airshow in northern England. (NBC News photo)
Gnat Display Team pilot Kevin Shyman who was killed during an air show in the UK on August 1, 2015.  (Photo courtesy BBC)
Gnat Display Team pilot Kevin Shyman who was killed during an air show in the UK on August 1, 2015. (Photo courtesy BBC)

LITTLE BUDWORTH, U.K. – The founder of a car and music show in England says the pilot died in a plane crash during a synchronized air display in northwest England Saturday.

The descent of the plane and the aftermath of the crash were caught on video by bystanders.

In the first video, the plane appeared to flip and lose altitude before disappearing behind trees.

In the second video, smoke was seen rising from a field near the site.

The plane went down during Carfest at Oulton Park Circuit, a racetrack about 200 miles northwest of London.

The aircraft was a display plane, and the show featured an exhibition by the Gnat display team, which flies vintage royal air force gnat jets.

Chris Evans, the British TV star who founded the event confirmed the pilot’s death.  He was identified as Kevin Whyman.  The Gnat Display Team said he was trained by the British Royal Air Force.  He leaves behind a wife and young daughter.

Folland Gnat flown by the  British Gnat Display Team. (Photo courtesy Gnat Display Team)
Folland Gnat flown by the British Gnat Display Team. (Photo courtesy Gnat Display Team)

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