US pilot and two spectators killed in Guatemala airshow crash

IZTAPA | An American airshow pilot and two spectators were killed during a practice flight for the LXV Anniversary Airshow in Iztapa, Guatemala, on Friday 24th January.

Steve Andelin was piloting a Zivko Edge 540T as part of Kirby Chambliss’ Red Bull-sponsored airshow act, according to local media. At least two spectators also died when the aircraft crashed in the showground area, and another was seriously injured. The aircraft wreckage came to rest in a nearby river.

A statement on the Team Chambliss Facebook page the day after the crash said: “It is with great sadness that Team Chambliss confirms that our friend and pilot, Steve Andelin, along with two spectators, lost their lives at a private air show in Guatemala on Friday, January 24th.

“Steve Andelin was flying a plane which carried Red Bull branding, owned by Kirby Chambliss. We are deeply shocked and extend our deepest sympathies to the families involved in this tragic accident.”

They asked the public not to circulate video footage of the accident, out of respect to those who lost their lives.

Mr Andelin was a test pilot for Zivko Aeronautics and an airline pilot. He had spent two years on the United States Aerobatic Team.

The Director General of Guatemala’s civil aviation regulator, Francis Argueta Aguirre, offered his deepest condolences to the friends and family of all those who lost their lives.