Stunt Pilot Fred Cabanas Dies in Mexico Plane Crash

Jan 17, 2013 No Comments by

Key West stunt pilot Fred Cabanas, who has entertained hundreds of thousands of people around the world with his daredevil aerobatics at air shows, died Tuesday in an aviation accident near Cozumel, Mexico, according to a report from a Spanish website El

He was 60.

Passenger Jorge Lopez Vives, host of an extreme sports program, also died in the crash that occurred at a private airfield on the southern island of Cozumel in the state of Quintana Roo, a major international tourist destination.

“They were filming a documentary to promote an air show but unfortunately had an accident,” Erosa Rudy, director of Civil Protection of Cozumel, told El “Emergency crews rescued the bodies.”

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