SHOCKED witnesses who saw a replica World War II fighter plane plunge into a Salisbury factory car park yesterday rushed to the aid of the veteran pilot. But Roger Stokes, 73, of Monarto, died on impact.
Police said it was “fortunate” the plane crashed in an unoccupied industrial site rather than at a soccer game in progress just 200m away. The Spitfire replica had been performing in the Classic Jets Original Parafield Airshow at Parafield Airport, about 1km away. It flew low near Cockburn Green in Brahma Lodge, where soccer teams Elizabeth Downs and Brahma Lodge were playing.
Horrified players and spectators watched it plunge to the ground.