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Category: <span>Air Show</span>

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Small Planes Hit Each Other during Parachutist Competition; 4 Killed

Two small planes crashed into each other near Godollo, Pest County, Budapest, Hungary, on September 18th.

The planes collided during a parachutist competition, when one of them lost contact with the air control.

4 people list their lives in the crash.

The crash remains under investigation.

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Light Aircraft Crashes during Air Show in China; 4 Killed

A light plane crashed during an air show in Shijiazhuang, Hebei Province, China, on September 15th.

The plane carrying 4 people was performing stunts when it suddenly plunged from the sky and hit the ground.

All 4 people including the pilot were killed in the crash.

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Stunt Plane Crashes during Air Show in Oregon; Pilot Killed

A Stearman biplane went down during the Air show of the Cascades at Madras Municipal Airport, Madras, Jefferson County, Oregon, on August 27th.

The accident occurred while the pilot Marcus Paine was attempting to perform a loop.

The pilot was reported dead on scene.

The crash remains under investigation.

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Swiss Fighter Jet Crashed after Mid-Air Collision in Netherlands

A Swiss fighter jet collided with another plane and crashed in Leeuwarden, Netherlands, on June 9th.

The incident happened when the planes were rehearsing for an international air show. Authorities said the Swiss F-5E air demonstration fighter jet crashed into a pond after the collision.

The pilot ejected from the plane before the impact and was not seriously injured.

The second plane sustained damage on the rear fin.

The incident is being investigated.

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Vulcan Bomber Makes Emergency Landing in Scotland

airshowA Vulcan bomber had to make an emergency landing at Prestwick Airport, South Ayrshire, Scotland, on September 6.

The plane had to make an emergency landing due to a problem with its landing gear.

It was the last flying Vulcan bomber of its kind, belonging to Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield, England. The flight was arranged for an airshow, which had to be cancelled after the incident.

The plane landed safely and was returned to Doncaster after examination.

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Plane Crashed while Practicing for New York Air Show; Pilot Killed

airshowA stunt plane crashed near Stewart international airport in New Windsor, New York, on August 28.

Authorities said the Cornell W F/Sahakian JA Jr. Giles G 202 experimental plane went down while practicing for the New York Air Show, which is scheduled for this weekend.

The pilot, who was the only one aboard, was killed in the crash. He was identified as Andrew Wright, of Texas.

The FAA and the NTSB are investigating.

7 Dead, Over 14 Injured as Plane Crashes during Shoreham Airshow

planeA Cold War-era Hawker Hunter jet crashed during Shoreham Airshow at Shoreham Airport in Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, United Kingdom, on August 22.

The plane was flying a loop when it went down, hitting several vehicles on A27.

At least 7 people were killed in the crash.

The pilot sustained serious injuries and was flown to Royal Sussex County Hospital. At least 13 others were also injured.

The event was cancelled due to the crash.

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Alba Adriatica Air Show Collision

A couple of acrobatic planes collided in an Alba Adriatica airshow maneuver and crashed into the sea. One pilot was transported to the hospital. The other pilot, Marco Ricci, lost a wing and could not exit his plane, and died. The plane was located four meters underwater, upside down and closed. Divers tried lifting it with air balloons. The National Agency for Flight Safety (ANSV) has opened an investigation. One plane was Van’s RV-7 # I-Amel; the other was Van’s RV-8 with #I-Lovi.

Plane Crashes at Stevens Point Air Show, Pilot Killed

crashA 1993 YAK-55M single engine plane crashed at Stevens Point Municipal Airport, Portage County, Wisconsin, while performing in an air show just before 12:30 p.m. on June 1.

The single-seater plane especially designed for aerobatics competitions was performing aerial maneuvers during the aerobatics portion of the biennial air show when it crashed into a wooded area close to the airport runway. One of the eye witnesses described the incident saying, “the airplane spiralled toward the ground, looped up, and then crashed into the trees.”

The 47 year old pilot died on the spot. He has been identified as William Cowden, of Menomonie.

All the festivities at the airport were stopped immediately after the plane went down.

Stevens Point police secured the site until officials of the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board arrived to conduct further investigation. Police are asking anyone having video of the incident to contact Detective Sgt. Joe Gruber at (715) 346-1518.

Biplane Crashed during Thunder Over Solano Air Show in California; Pilot Killed

biplaneA 1944 Stearman biplane crashed on a runway at Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, California.

The incident happened at about 2 p.m on May 4 during the Thunder Over Solano air show, when the pilot was performing an acrobatic aerial maneuver very close to the ground. The specific stunt is known as “cutting a ribbon” where the plane is flown close to ground in inverted position and a knife from the plane is thrown to cut a ribbon, just off the ground.

Air force officials have identified the pilot as 77 year old Edward Andreini, belonging to Half Moon Bay. According to the FAA records, Andreini owned the 1944 Boeing E75 Super Stearman.

FAA and NTSB officials are investigating the accident.

Air Show Emergency Landing

On Sunday, pilot, John Klatt was performing at the QC Airshow at the Davenport Municipal Airport in Davenport, Iowa on the Air Guard demonstration team when he had to make an emergency landing.

A piece broken off of the plane punctured his engine, spraying oil over his windshield. He jettisoned the canopy. Klatt told spectators that he had cut himself worse while shaving.

Click to see Video

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Airshow China 2012 is Underway

Nov.13 – 18, 2012, ZHUHAI, GUANGDONG,CHINA

China International Aviation & Aerospace Exhibition (namely Airshow China) is the only international aerospace trade show in China that is endorsed by the Chinese central government. It features the display of real-size products, trade talks, technological exchange and flying display. Since 1996, the show has been successfully held in Zhuhai in every even-number year for eight sessions. Airshow China 2012 will take place from Nov. 13-18, 2012.

For those interested in more information, the official website is located here:

Acrobatic Plane Crashes during Indonesian Airshow

What: Indonesian Aerosport Federation FFA AS/SA 202/18A3 Bravo
Where: Husein Sastranegara Int. Airport Bandung Indonesia
When: Sept 29, 2012, 11:40 a.m.
Who: 2 aboard, 2 fatalities
Why: During the Bandung Air Show 2012 at Husein Sastranegara Int. Airport, a training aircraft crashed during a maneuver killing the pilot and co-pilot. After completing five maneuvers, the Bravo 202 aircraft was flying low when the pilots crashed, sending up a fireball.

The pilot was Air Vice Marshall (ret.) Nurman Lubis. The co-pilot was identified as Col. (ret.) Tonny Haryono. Their remains have been taken to Bandung’s Hasan Sadikin Hospital. The men were members of the Indonesian Aero Sport Federation, who owns the plane.

Lubis was an opthalmologist.

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Cracked Wing Brackets Allegedly Under Control According to Airbus Top Brass

The SINGAPORE AIRSHOW AVIATION LEADERSHIP SUMMIT, held in conjunction with the Singapore Airshow, is a collaborative effort by the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS), Experia Events Pte Ltd, International Air Transport Association (IATA) and Ministry of Transport (MOT).

The airshow brings together aviation stakeholders, including Airbus CEO Tom Enders, who had damage control on his mind. Airbus is under fire for the wing cracks found on Airbus A380 jets. Between inspection and repairs, the cost is anticipated to be $1.23 million per aircraft, for up to $32 million euros.

Qantas Airways grounded one A380 for a week after finding 36 separate cracks in wing parts. Other A380s have demonstrated similar cracking above and beyond the normal degradation and microfissures that inspections often find as a result of heavy usage.

Tom Anders of Airbus told airshow attendees that “…we will fix it (wing problem) as quickly as possible. This is unfortunate, this is us. We screwed that up. Whatever the cost, we will fix it”

They have to fix it. EASA has ordered Airbus to check all A380 superjumbo planes. Meanwhile, Airbus is trying to turn media attention to their ramped-up assembly line.

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Reno Airshow Fatalities Rise

What: Aero-Trans Corp. DBA North American P-51D-15-NA Mustang (mod.)
Where: Reno Stead Airport, Nevada
When: 16-SEP-2011
Who: 11 fatalities, 1 aboard (2 on the ground)

Eleven people have died so far in the Reno air show crash:

  • Pilot Jimmy Leeward
  • Joseph Wogan, 22, of Arizona;
  • George and Wendy Hewitt of Fort Mohave, Ariz;
  • Regina Bynum, 53, of Texas;
  • Sharon Stewart, 47, of Nevada;
  • Greg Morcom, 47, from Washington state.
  • Michael Wogan, 22, of Scottsdale, Ariz.;
  • Regina Bynum, 53, of San Angelo, Texas.
  • Craig Salerno

Stewart was a paid staff member at the airshow, and Salerno was a volunteer. Spectator Cherie Elvin is missing, and her husband, two sons, and daughter in law each lost part of a leg.

The names of the seventy injured (and all of the fatalities) have not been released, but there are hundreds of stunning accounts of the accident.

Vintage “Ghost” Crashes, Pilot Nosedives Into History

What: Aero-Trans Corp. DBA North American P-51D-15-NA Mustang (mod.)
Where: Reno Stead Airport, Nevada
When: 16-SEP-2011
Who: 3 fatalities, 1 aboard (2 on the ground)
Why: The Reno air race show was the site of unexpected carnage today. The famous movie stunt pilot and racer nosedived near the spectator’s box seats, veering into the tarmacs apron (likely to avoid the crowds.) Witnesses say there was a problem with the tail or elevators. Perhaps the investigation will make it clear.

“The Galloping Ghost” the North American Racer, piloted by Jimmy Leeward crashed in the crowd just before 4:30 p.m. during the National Championship Air Races. In the race, pilots fly an oval path around pylons. Leeward had apparently experienced a technical problem on the third lap which caused the plane to go out of control. It flew up before it nosedived.

Leeward, and two bystanders were killed, and 75 were injured. The grandstand holds 10,000 but 7,500 were in attendance.

Pilot Jimmy Leeward had a reputation of being one of Reno’s best pilots. His highly modified “Galloping Ghost” purportedly lost a elevator tab which made his sad demise inevitable. We don’t always say it in every post, but we always wish deepest heartfelt condolences to the families.

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Statement from the Reno National Championship Air Races
“The National Championship extends their deepest sympathies and condolences to all of the families involved in today’s tragic accident. The Air Races are truly one big family and our thoughts are with all of our aviation family members, immediate and extended. While we can’t confirm the number of casualties or fatalities, local hospitals and emergency response organizations are beginning to release this information.

“At this point, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is leading the communications and investigation of this incident and the representatives from the National Championship Air Races will not be granting any further interviews tonight or early tomorrow morning. We will work with the NTSB to hold a press update at some point tomorrow, though no time has been established. Should the National Championship Air Races have any additional information to release tonight or tomorrow morning, we will issue a statement and post this on our website.

“Those wishing to check on the status of loved ones should call 775.337.5800 or locally dialing 211. We appreciate all of the thoughts and support that have been extended from around the world this evening.”

Airbus Major Airshow Humiliation

Damaged A380 Wing
The gearbox problem is not the only recent technical glitch that occurred. The aircraft’s huge propellors built by French company Ratier-Figeac, (indirectly owned by U.S. group United Technologies _UTX.N_,) developed cracks prematurely.

What: A380 superjumbo,
Where: Le Bourget airport, Paris
When: June 17, 2011
Who: no reported injuries
Why: Before an audience including 2,100 exhibitors from 45 countries—a jury of its peers—during the Paris Airshow, Airbus had to pull its A380 display.

The A 380 was withdrawn from the flying display when the jet had an on-the-ground collision with a building, clipping a wing on a taxiway structure.

Also, although it made a fly-over, the Airbus A400 M military transport demo was cancelled due to a “a minor gearbox problem”

Then on Saturday Airbus announced that two of three versions of the A350, would be delayed for about two years. We commend the decision to delay, because while Rolls Royce will be granted more time to develop a more powerful motor, hopefully Airbus will take the time to work on whatever bugs are in its system. A delay in release is clearly an opportunity to perfect the product, from a safety perspective.

Rag Bags Plane Crashes during Vancouver Island Airshow

What: Home built “rag bags” kit plane
Where: Nanaimo Airport, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.
When: June 4, 2011
Who: pilot Dr. Bill Phipps, 71, of Campbell River
Why: Six minutes into a planned eight minute exhibition before 1000 spectators at the Wings and Wheels air show, while supposed to be doing a four point roll, Dr. Phipps home built plane was “tail-on to the crowd and upright” and flew into the ground. A witness describes that “The right wing clipped the ground and he did a cartwheel.” Another witness said it was likely he stalled and that his wings lost lift.

Rag Bags was Phipps name for his home-built wood and fabric plane.

B.C. Ambulance and Cranberry Fire and Rescue recovered Phips, who was airlifted to Victoria General Hospital. He was in serious condition, with severe injuries but was stable Monday.

See Video here: https://airflightdisaster.com/?p=17289

Florida Weather Blasts Airshow, Tornadoes Toy with planes

What: Lakeland Linder Regional 2011 Sun n’ Fun fly-in and exposition
Where: Central Florida
When: March 31 2011
Who: Multiple injuries, no fatalities
Why: A tornado disrupted a central Florida airshow, although reports that a hanger collapsed on spectators is false. Seven people reported injuries but there were no fatalities. Heavy winds, damaging rain, fallen trees, and alot of wrecked planes. The airshow is planning on reopening Friday. You have to give them credit for that.

And elsewhere in Florida, the storm caused more problems. At Cape Canaveral exercises were put on hold while the storm passed through.

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Lethbridge Jet Crash

What: Canadian air force CF-18 Hornet
Where: Lethbridge County Airport
When: July 23, 2010
Who: pilot Capt. Brian Bews
Why: Practicing for the Alberta International Air Show, the 419 Moose Squadron
jet olled right and nosedived, sputtered and emitted smoke, before the jet exploded in flames. The pilot ejected from the plane, and survived with minor injuries. The one other hornet in the show may or may not perform in the airshow.

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Air India Express compliance in key areas reviewed by DGCA

This is Air India Express’s own Press Release

June 14, 2010
Air India Express compliance in key areas viz. Operations, Maintenance, Safety, Security and Commercial were reviewed in a meeting convened by the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) in Delhi, recently. Dr. Nasim Zaidi, DGCA, Mr. Arvind Jadhav, Chairman & Managing Director, Air India Express and officials from DGCA and Air India Express attended the meeting.

DGCA highlighted certain issues relating to positioning of officers in Operations, Safety and Training areas, Pilots on the regular roll of Air India Express, Flight dispatch, Crew rostering and monitoring of their Flight Duty Time Limitations (FDTL), Internal auditors, pre-flight medical, requirement of more mechanics etc. during the meeting.

Air India Express has already acted upon these issues viz. issuance of office order for appointment of the Chief of Operations, order to have the pilots deputed to Air India Express to continue for a period of five years, deployment of the trainee pilots, under training now, on Boeing 737s, Computerization and automation of the Crew rostering system & FDTL monitoring, ensuring implementation of regulations with regard to Pre-flight medical, recruitment of additional mechanics from Defence etc.

Memorandum of Understanding already exists between NACIL and Air India Express regarding Flight Dispatch, Ramp and Traffic Handling.

The Chief Operating Officer, NACIL will soon issue Standard Operating Procedures including strict compliance with training schedule on monsoon and ALAR tool kit, regulations on special precautions during take-offs and landings, 100% FOQA, Crew Resource Management & optimal use of First Officers, strict implementation of regulations on simulation of unsafe situation during training, strict adherence to approach parameters and Voluntary safety reporting system.

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Aero Friedrichshafen

Global Airshow for General Aviation
April 8-11 2010

Friedrichshafen, Germany –
Over the past 30 years, AERO, a former aerial sports and leisure fair, has developed into an international communication platform for the businessoriented General Aviation industry.

We would show more of the 2010 Press Releases but they aren’t up yet.

This page will have the hall, exhibitors, products, aircraft, novelties and contact information “Starting in spring 2010.

The show’s brochure will be available approx. 4 weeks prior to the show.

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Dubai Air Show 2009

Pictured: Dubai Air Show
Contact photographer Vasco Garcia

At the Dubai Airshow

  • $725 million in orders for 737-800 Boeing jetliners were made by airlines backed by the Algerian government: seven by the North African country’s national flag carrier Air Algerie, and 4 by Tassili Airlines
  • Dubai Aerospace Enterprise orders $340 million from International Aero Engines consortium (Rolls-Royce (RR.L) and Pratt & Whitney)
  • Ethiopian Airlines orders for 12 Airbus A350-900 jets worth $2.9 billion and $480 million in engine orders to Rolls-Royce
  • Libyan Airlines orders CFM engines to power seven Airbus A320
  • Tunisair orders a $180 million from CFM (joint venture between General Electric (GE.N) and Safran)
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