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Air show future is uncertain

The future of the annual Hillsboro air show is being reconsidered, according to show spokesman Steve Callaway, after the fatal jet crash that destroyed a home in a subdivision near the Hillsboro Airport on Sunday.

Pilot Robert Guilford was killed when his 1959 Hunter-Siddeley Hunter MK-58 fighter jet apparently experienced problems moments after taking off and crashed into the subdivision about one mile east of the airport, near Orenco Station. No one on the ground was injured, even though a home owned by Donna Reynolds was destroyed and three other homes were damaged by fire.

Callaway said Oregon International Airshow, the nonprofit corporation that has organized the show since 2003, will discuss whether to continue the show after the federal National Transportation Safety Board finishes its investigation of the crash. Callaway noted this is the first accident in the 19-year history of the show that began as a Portland Rose Festival event.

Hillsboro Mayor Tom Hughes said the city would talk with show organizers about the event's future once the investigation is over. Hughes noted that Guilford was not performing any stunts at the time of the accident, but was simply flying his airplane back home to California, where he lived.

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