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A stunt pilot was killed when his plane crashed at an air show in Zhangye in northwestern China's Gansu Province.[Representational Image]Google Maps

The pilot of an aerobatic aircraft was killed when it crashed during an air show in north-central China's Gansu province on Saturday morning.

The plane crash occurred during the 1st Silk Road International General Aviation Convention in the city of Zhangye. An XA42 associated with a Shenyang-based aerobatic team failed to pull out of a dive while performing a stunt and crashed, Xinhua reported.

Apart from the pilot, no other casualties were reported. 

A video clip of the aircraft spiralling out of control has also been posted on Twitter. Further details are awaited.

The XA42 is a composite structure low-wing monoplane powered by a 315 hp piston engine driving a three-bladed propeller. It is the tandem version of the single-seater XA 41.

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