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Accidents in the air

Accidents in the air
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First Published: Wed, Mar 03 2010. 04 24 PM IST
Updated: Wed, Mar 03 2010. 04 24 PM IST
2009 August 16, Moscow, Russia
Two Sukhoi Su-27s collided mid-air during MAKS Airshow, killing the pilot and sending the jets crashing into nearby vacation homes.
2008 April 26, Kindel Air Field, Germany
A Zlin Z-37 Cmelak skidded off the runway into a crowd of spectators, killing one and injuring 10.
2007 June 24, Galway Air Show Galway, Ireland
The door from a hovering RAF helicopter flew off and plunged into a large crowd below, injuring three.
2006 July 16, Oregon International Airshow, Hillsboro, Oregon
A Hawker-Siddeley Hunter MK-58 lost power and crashed into a residence, killing the pilot Robert E Guilford. Guilford was leaving the airshow on a return trip home.
2006 May 5, Suwon Air Base, South Korea
At a Children’s Day flight exhibition, Captain Kim Do-hyun of the Republic of Korea Air Force’s Black Eagles display team was killed when he lost control of his A-37B Dragonfly.
2002 July 27, Sknyliv Airfield Lviv, Ukraine
Eighty-five spectators including 24 children were killed and 100s injured, during a low altitude roll maneuver of the Sukhoi Su-27. The left wing struck the ground and the plane crashed and cartwheeled into the crowd.
1997 September 14, Chesapeake Air Show Middle River, Maryland
A Lockheed F-117, 81-793, crashed into a residential area in Maryland. Four people on the ground received minor injuries and the pilot ejected from the aircraft. A month-long Air Force investigation revealed that 4 of 39 fasteners for the wing’s structural support assembly were left off when the wings were reinstalled.
1997 July 26, Ostend Airshow, Belgium
Eight people were killed and 40 injured when Captain Omar Hani Bilal of the Jordanian Air Force display team, the Royal Jordanian Falcons, lost control of his Walter Extra EA300s. The plane crashed at the end of the runway and burst into flames near a Red Cross tent and spectator stands.
1995 September 2, Canadian International Air Show,Toronto, Ontario
Seven Royal Air Force crewmembers were killed when their Hawker Siddeley Nimrod MR.2P stalled during a low altitude turn and crashed into Lake Ontario.
1989 June 8, Paris Air Show, France
A bird sucked into the turbofan of a MiG-29’s right engine during a low-speed routine display flight. The test pilot, Anatoliy Kvochur steered the MiG away from spectators, and managed eject seconds before his aircraft plunged into the ground.
1988 August 28, Ramstein airshow disaster, Germany
One of the biggest disasters, it killed 67 people on the ground and injured 346. The three pilots Lt Col Ivo Nutarelli, Lt Col Mario Naldini and Cap Giorgio Alessio, members of Italy’s Frecce Tricolori Air Force Display Team flying Aermacchi MB-339’s were involved in a mid-air collision. The wreckage landed on the spectators of the air show.
1982 September 11 Mannheim, Germany
All 46 aboard a United States Army CH-47 Chinook were killed. It was carrying parachutists who planned to jump when the helicopter reached an altitude of 12,000 feet. Investigation later showed that the crash was caused by an accumulation of ground walnut shells that had been used to clean the machinery.
1972, September 24, Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlor crash, Sacramento, California
Twenty-two people were killed including 12 children, when a privately owned F-86 Sabrejet failed to take off and crashed. At the Golden West Sport Aviation Show, the jet crashed through a chain link fence at the end of the runway, crushed a parked car and then crashed into a local Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlor, where a football team of kids, ‘Sacramento 49ers Little League’ were sitting.
USAF Aircraft Accidents - Life Sciences Aspects, April-June 1972, Directorate of Aerospace Safety, Air Force Inspection and Safety Center, Norton AFB, California, pages 59-60.
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First Published: Wed, Mar 03 2010. 04 24 PM IST