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(DAVENPORT, Iowa) — A pilot was killed at an air show this weekend in Iowa after his Soviet Cold War era jet crashed into a nearby field.

Three jets in tight formation rumbled over the crowd at the Quad-City Air Show in Davenport, Iowa Saturday when one of the pilots appeared to lose control of his plane.

A home video captured the pilots going into a complicated maneuver, switching places mid-air and “passing within inches of each other” before a dive straight down.

“He went down into the ground and he burst into flames… I was instantly in tears because I knew more than likely he didn’t survive,” a witness told ABC news.

The pilot’s name has not been released.

The smoking wreckage of the Soviet l-39 jet was found in a nearby alfalfa field.

Officials said the investigation is ongoing.

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