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More information released about pilot killed in Stevens Point Air Show crash

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STEVENS POINT, WI (WTAQ) - We're learning more about the pilot who died in a crash during the Stevens Point Air Show.  

47-year-old William Cowden of Menomonie was killed when his craft did a flip, and suddenly plunged into a wooded area near the Stevens Point airport on Sunday.  

He flew F-16's with the North Dakota Air National Guard, where he retired in 2006 with the rank of major. Cowden later flew commercially, as a pilot with Delta Air Lines.  

He told reporters before Sunday's air show that he performed stunts for four years in the plane that crashed.  

Airport manager Jeff Overby said Cowden had over 24 years of experience as a military and commercial pilot. He was scheduled to perform at the AirFest in Menomonie later this month.  

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are both investigating Sunday's crash.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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