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    Austrian pilot dies in air show crash

    VIENNA — A small plane crashed at an air show in southern Austria on Sunday, killing the pilot, authorities said.

    The pilot, a 50-year-old local man, made a steep ascent and then went into a quick dive before crashing at the Hirt airfield, Friesach police Chief Marianne Makoru told the Austria Press Agency.

    The air show was halted after the crash. About 500 spectators attended on Sunday, but Makoru said that ‘‘no other people were in danger.’’

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    The fatal accident was the latest in a string of such crashes in Europe. On Aug. 22, a vintage jet plane crashed on a road in Great Britain, killing at least 11 people. On the next day, two planes from a German stunt team collided over Dittingen, Switzerland, killing one of the pilots.

    Associated Press