Aerobatic Pilot Parachutes to Safety

** Photo: Dan Marcotte AirShows Facebook**

When something went wrong in the air during a practice flight, aerobatic pilot Dan Marcotte jumped from his Ultimate Aero 10-200, parachuting to safety as the single-seat biplane crashed in a fireball onto a northern Vermont interstate.

Marcotte, an experienced aerobatic pilot, bailed out of the airplane last Friday over Highgate, Vermont, near the Canadian border and Franklin County State Airport. Firefighters found him dangling in his parachute from a tree and cut him down. He was not seriously injured, according to police.

On his Dan Marcotte AirShows Facebook page, the veteran airshow performer thanked fans for their support while lamenting the loss of his beloved maroon-and-gold biplane.

The FAA is investigating the crash.

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