Red Arrow Crashes Killing Pilot

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  1. kolax macrumors G3

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    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-14602900

    Sad news to hear the pilot was killed.

    Not sure why he wasn't able to eject though, from the amateur footage of the crash, it appeared he had a lot of time to consider ejecting.

    Seen the Red Arrows quite a few times, and would hope this fatal accident doesn't impact them too much.
     
  2. iJohnHenry macrumors P6

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    This is too sad, and a bone of contention with me.

    If civilians want to risk death at an airshow, well that's their business.

    But for national pride, or whatever, I just don't get it.

    Here's another article.

    Note our Snowbirds have had several deaths, and the Blue Angles have had some too.
     
  3. whodareswins macrumors regular

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    I'm not quite sure what your getting at...


    It is a real shame, I can't imagine what went wrong. Only saw them last weekend in Bristol.
     
  4. CortexRock macrumors 6502

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    I thought that the pilot had been trying to avoid crashing into a populated area, hence he'd less time to worry about his own safety.

    A sad loss to the country, the RAF and most importantly his family. :(
     
  5. iJohnHenry macrumors P6

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    Entertainment is a poor choice for death in the National Service.

    Better?
     
  6. whodareswins macrumors regular

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    I find people/newspapers very naive when they say this. If a plane is out of control then there is little the pilot can do. Looks as though the direction he was heading was fields anyway. And the direction he went was part of the display, it just seems the aircraft suddenly dived.

    RIP Jon Egging.
     
  7. kolax thread starter macrumors G3

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    Some of the witness reports are absurd.. one person claims there was a huge explosion as the plane went down. Where as someone who clearly isn't BSing to get a story in the news says the plane went down and all they heard was a sound similar to someone crunching their gears in a car.

    Curious as to why he wasn't able to eject - perhaps he wasn't conscious and suffered a blackout..
     
  8. Kebabselector macrumors 68030

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    The Hawks were grounded last year because of ejector seat issues. Hopefully this wasn't the reason. As as precaution/investigation, they've grounded them again.
     
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  10. rhett7660 macrumors G4

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    I hope this wasn't a malfunction ejection seat! Knowing that a life could have been saved if the very item used to protect that life has been having "issues'.... yikes.
     

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