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Indian Air Show Crash

Old 1st Oct 2002, 09:13
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Indian Air Show Crash

Being reported by the BBC ...

Two Indian navy planes have collided in mid-air at an air show in the western state of Goa.

The two Russian-made planes, IL-38 transport aircraft, were flying in formation during practice for anniversary celebrations for their squadron.

Several people have been reported dead.

One of the planes crashed to the ground, while the other fell onto a building construction site, officials said.

The exact number of those killed is not clear, but Indian news reports say up to 14 people - including six crew members on each of the planes - are believed dead.

A police official also told the AFP news agency the number could be as high as 15.

"Most of the dead are the plane's crew members, but some labourers may have also been killed when they were hit by a falling plane," senior police official Pradeep Srivastava said.
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Heard slightly different details from CNN this morning.Two Migs practising for an upcoming airshow had a midair collision and one fell into a local marketplace in Goa.

This falls into the ranks of airshow mishaps that have claimed innocent lives the last year.Does anybody know why they were practising over a city?

Condolences to all affected.
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Here is the BBC Link

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/2289429.stm

Condolences to all involved

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Post As reported in local "Goanews"

"At least 15 people, including 12 naval personnel, died when two IL38 naval planes collided in the air today morning (9.50 am) near Dabolim airport in Vasco, around 35 kms away from here.

One of these planes fell on a bungalow under construction near the MES college at Zuarinagar, hardly two kms away from the airport. Bodies of three workers were recovered from under the debris of the building while three more are still reported missing.

All 12 navy personnel, including five crewmembers and seven pilots and flight engineers, died in the crash. The planes, belonging to the INS Hansa, were flying parallel to each other as part of the Squadron’s Silver Anniversary Celebration.

Altogether 15 persons, including one naval rescue man, have been injured following the crash. Five of them are seriously injured as their bodies got burnt. They are admitted to the Goa Medical College hospital here.

The Naval PRO declined to comment on the cause of collision stating that the Board of Inquiry will investigate into it. He however confirmed that it was not head-on collision but the planes sideways.

Chief minister Manohar Parrikar said that both the planes were going parallel when their wing spins got entangled. He has declared compensation of Rs two lakh each for the dead, Rs 50,000 for the seriously injured and Rs 25,000 each for those having minor injuries.

The police as well as the fire brigade immediately rushed to the spot, but could not do much for the plane victims. They however succeeded in rescuing the workers from the building, except three workers who are feared to have been crushed under the debris.

As a precaution, the Dabolim civilian airport was also closed immediately for security purpose."

...and this appeared in the "Gomantak Times" before the accident was reported:

"After achieving nearly 30,000 hours of accident-free flying over the last 25 years, the Indian Naval Air Squadron 315 (INAS 315) has come a long way. The squadron is celebrating its Silver Anniversary on 1 October, 2002, according to a press note...."

Misplaced prescience?

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CNN is definitely not the best source of information....

And they were not more practising "over a city" than airliners routinely overflying the same urban areas.

Built areas are everywhere, scattered, all over the world.

And close formation is not necessarily "pratising for an airshow"

And you don't have to overfly a building to crash on it (that's pure aerodynamics)
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And these "transport" airplanes were actually maritime patrol aircraft...
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