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6 STUNT-PILOT DEATHS NOT RELATED

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Stunt fliers and air show enthusiasts doubt the deaths of six stunt pilots in the past month are related but say the industry should take another look at how it operates.

"If there is something that's a common denominator, we've got to find it," said Rick Nadeau, executive director of the International Council of Air Shows, based in Michigan.People in the industry said Monday that the crashes, which are under investigation, apparently are unrelated because they involved different aircraft, locations and flying conditions.

A man flying loops in a World War II training plane slammed into the Niagara River near Buffalo on Sunday. A crash in Ottawa the same day also involved a stunt plane dating to World War II. On Saturday, a man died when his biplane crashed during a stunt takeoff.

Three more stunt pilots died at air shows in crashes in Oklahoma City, Abilene, Texas, and Zeeland, Mich.

Stunt flier Tom Poberezny said the accidents seem unconnected.