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'Casualties' as airshow plane crashes into cars on A27 at Shoreham


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broden

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-34027260

 

 

 

A Hawker Hunter plane has crashed into several vehicles after coming down at Shoreham Airshow in West Sussex.
Sussex Police said there are several casualties, but could not give details on their condition.
The plane crashed into vehicles on the nearby A27. The road is likely to remain closed for several hours.
Eyewitness Stephen Jones said the plane was performing a loop but did not complete the manoeuvre and crashed. Police said it ended up in a bush.
He said: "The aeroplane involved is a Hawker Hunter T mark 7. And he'd just begun his flying display.
"He'd gone up into a loop and as he was coming out of the loop I just thought, you're too low, you're too low, pull up.
"And he flew straight into the ground either on or very close to the A27, which runs past the airport."
 
One eyewitness, tweeting as Jon B, said: "It (the plane) turned from the north by Lancing College, went to go low towards the airfield and went behind some trees below where I was.
"Then there was a crunch sound and a ball of flames and thick black smoke came up from the ground."
 
 
At the scene
BBC Sussex reporter Simon Jenkins
I'm standing on the middle of the A27 and it's deserted.
The police are taking no chances whatsoever. I've been asked to move back in case of any further explosions.
I've been speaking to people and they are absolutely stunned. The plane seems to have stalled mid manoeuvre and came crashing down on the A27.
The acrid smell and thick black smoke has just been fanning across the area and the skies are completely quiet.
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Shoreham Airshow also tweeted: "There has been a major incident outside the airfield boundary.
"The emergency services are responding. Updates will follow when available."
In a statement police said: "At about 1.20pm the aircraft hit several cars on the A27 just to the north of Shoreham Airport, where an air display is taking place.
"The aircraft ended up in a bush. There have been several casualties but we have no further information on these at the moment."
It is the second incident at the Shoreham Airshow in recent years. In September 2007 James Bond stuntman Brian Brown, 49, died when he crashed a World War Two Hurricane after carrying out an unplanned barrel roll at a re-enactment of the Battle of Britain.
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Alan S

I know the spot well, as I used to drive along there each day.

Sad for the pilot and his family.

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Kabisay-an gid

Sad. :(

 

There have been a substantial number of deadly air show mishaps in both Europe and North America over the years.

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batman2525

Well....he didnt walk away from it but.....

Seven people have been confirmed dead after a plane crashed during the Shoreham Airshow.

The jet, believed to be a Hawker Hunter, hit several cars on the A27 in West Sussex before crashing into bushes.

The pilot was not among the deceased but police confirmed he was "critically ill and fighting for his life" at Royal Sussex County Hospital.

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samatm

UPDATED link.  http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/ng-interactive/2015/aug/24/shoreham-airshow-crash-everything-we-know-so-far.            If only the Jet could have made it a few hundred yards into the pasture...but no...right on to the   Highway.    

 

HOw on earth could the pilot of have survived...maybe he hit the Eject button at the last minute? ...   

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SkyMan

It looked like it was almost out of the loop.  Hard to tell from the vid but it looked like he was a bit unstable before the crash.  Perhaps panicking.

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A report in a newspaper suggested the pilot was "showing off" and went beyond his experience, lost control and killed spectators.

Whatever the reason, it is indeed very sad, and will end up with more nanny state regulations being enforced, soon we will need a qualified assistant to wipe our own arses.

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Alan S

One report I read said that the pilot had some 16,000 hours and had been a stunt pilot for years whilst also being qualified, and flying for a major airline.

 

So I doubt he lacked experience.

 

The Air Accident Investigation people will come up with a report in due course, and that should reveal what went wrong.

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CardiacKid

 

 

The Air Accident Investigation people will come up with a report in due course, and that should reveal what went wrong.
 I suspect he lost engine power at the bottom of the loop. However, Alan's post is the best so far. 
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Bill H

Sitting in the cockpit of a fully computerized and auto-pilot controlled airliner and piloting a high-performance aircraft doing aerobatics are two wholly separate animals with very different skill sets.  Now if he had 16,000 hours flying fighter jets, it would be a different story (and he would be a very unusual pilot to get so many hours in fighters whose missions are short and not conducive to building up time.  When I was undergoing my aerobatic training, we had two airline pilots in the course.  I was amazed at how poorly they performed and they were both ATP's with thousands of hours in heavy airliners.  If the pilot did not have much time in type, I can see why he would have some major issues with his technique.

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