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Authorities: Pilot killed in Stevens Point Air Show crash was experienced flyer

STEVENS POINT, WI (WTAQ) - A pilot who was killed during the Stevens Point Air Show was an experienced military and commercial flyer.  

Police identified him Monday as 47-year-old William Cowden of Menomonie in western Wisconsin.

Before his performance Sunday, Cowden told the Stevens Point Journal he flew "F"-16's in the Air Force, and he was a commercial pilot for Delta Airlines. He said he began flying aerobatic planes because it brought back the thrill he had in flying the F-16's.  

Wausau TV station WAOW was getting video from the air show for its Sunday evening newscasts when it happened to record the crash. It showed Cowden falling rapidly before doing a flip, and dropping suddenly into a wooded area about a fifth-of-a-mile from the runway.  

Two federal agencies are investigating.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)