KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Minnesota air show and commercial pilot Bryan Jensen has died after his stunt bi-plane crashed at a Kansas air show.

The crash happened at the Kansas City Aviation Expo Air Show at 1:45 this afternoon.

The Kansas City Star reports:

"Witnesses said that the small, red Horizon Hobbit biplane was performing aerobatic maneuvers, such as loops and spiral stunts. It did a downward spiral but failed to pull up.

The plane crashed into the ground and burst into flames, according to witnesses."

Jensen had been flying since his first lesson at the tender age of 13.  He liked to tell the story of finding a $5 "Learn to Fly" coupon in a newspaper and convincing his parents to take him to an airport so he could cash it in.

He went to school at the University of North Dakota's aviation college and taught flight classes during the second semester of his freshman year at UND.

Jensen became an accomplished air show pilot in his red and black bi-plane, nicknamed "The Beast."  He was flying The Beast when he crashed today.

Jensen's day job was flying passenger jetliners for Delta Airlines.

Jensen performed at the Great Minnesota Air Show in St. Cloud last June. Here's a look at his performance on June 27, 2010.

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