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Crowds reflect during flyby salute to stunt pilot Bryan Jensen

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

Pilots aligned their planes to make the Missing Man formation start the final day of the Kansas City Air Show.

As the crowd below took a moment to reflect, it was a flyby to salute stunt pilot Bryan Jensen.

The Minnesota man died Saturday afternoon while performing an aerial routine in his red bi-plane known as "The Beast" at the Wheeler Downtown Airport.

A witness described the crash as though it looked like a butterfly had lost it's wings.

"It doesn't happen that often thank heaven, but it weighs on everybody's mind," said aerobatic pilot John Wittenborn.

John Wittenborn, is a fellow pilot and a member of the KC Aerobatic Club along with his son Grant.

"The typical recreational guy who does loops and flips is way up in the sky, where they are three or four mistakes away from having a big problem," said pilot Grant Wittenborn.

Grant says their type of aerobatic flying, scored by judges, is about precision, execution and timing.

But he adds at an air show, those pilots fly a fine line with danger.

"Routines are a little different, because they are flown lower, the margin of error goes down," said Grant.

Whether you fly stunts or not, the accident is something this pilot says is something that is hard not to think about when it's just him and his plane up in the sky.

"You'll think about it.  If you've been around aviation for long enough, you've seen this happen.  It  happens, and it's not something that's a good part of the industry, but is the nature of the industry," said Grant.

This was the first fatality in this air show's long history in town.

The cause of the deadly flight remains under investigation.

Click here to read the about the experienced pilot, Bryan Jensen, who died in a crash Saturday that unfolded before horrified spectators, including children, attending the Kansas City Air Show.

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