Popular Red Bull Air Race Pilot Dies in Crash

  • Dec 6, 2015 7:22pm GMT

According to local media and emergency response officials, a jet piloted by Mike Mangold crashed shortly after take off killing Mangold and his unidentified passenger.

Apple Valley Fire Department reports the 60-year old Mangold was flying an L-39 training jet from the Apple Valley Airport in San Bernardino County, 70 miles east of Los Angeles when the jet crashed Sunday afternoon.

Department spokesman Jason Nailon said “the jet was taxiing down the runway, someone spotted flames coming out of the engine.”

Ian Gregor of the Federal Aviation Administration says the plane had just taken off when it went down and crashed in a fireball

Race and air show fans know Mangold normally flies an L-29 at air shows on the west coast and was also a national aerobatic champion.

Below you'll find three videos which capture the Mangold fans knew and loved... Red Bull Air Race champion, race commentator and popular air show performer.

He is survived by his wife and two children.

The FAA is investigating the crash.

ATA will have more on this developing story.