Air shows are too dangerous
Great Britain : Security debate after air show accident - more deaths feared
Britain debates air show safety after the crash of a 1950s military jet on the south coast of England. The mother of one of the fatalities demanded in the "Telegraph" that sightseeing flights only be allowed over the sea. A Hawker Hunter aircraft fell on a street and several cars after a loop on Saturday, killing at least eleven people. An aviation safety expert from the University of Leeds told PA news agency that the UK's civil aviation authority is “incredibly safety conscious”, carefully weighs the risks of events like the Shoreham Airshow and protects viewers as best they can. "It was a terrible accident, but the plane itself didn't crash into the crowd," said Steve Wright.
Organizers of several air shows have announced that the show flights will take place as planned in the coming weeks. The chairman of the British Air Show Association, John Turner, said the exact circumstances of the accident must first be clarified in order to draw the right conclusions. Meanwhile, the cleanup work is underway at the accident site near Brighton, which, according to police, will take several days. Rescue workers brought a crane into position on Monday to lift the wreckage from the heavily damaged road. The police have so far assumed that eleven people have died "very likely", but fear that they will find more victims under the rubble. However, he would be surprised if there were more than 20, said Steve Barry of the Sussex Police Department.
The pilot that rescuers pulled from the burning wreck is still in mortal danger. He used to be in the British Air Force and was considered very experienced and prudent. It is unclear why he was unable to pull the plane up after a looping maneuver. The crash of two sport aircraft from Baden-Württemberg and the death of one of the pilots at an air show caused deep dismay in the Swiss community of Dittingen. This is what the president of the municipality near Basel, Regina Weibel, told the “Basellandschaftliche Zeitung”. The organizers of the traditional Flugtage discussed the future of the event. The two Ikarus C-42 machines collided and crashed during a flight maneuver on Sunday. A pilot was able to save himself with the help of the parachute of his machine. (dpa)
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