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Another Airshow crash

Old 4th Jun 2001, 22:34
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Just seen a clip on Channel 4 news,

British pilot has been killed in a airshow accident in France. Flying a warbird, although could not make out the type.

Why do these accidents always happen in patches, hopefully this will be the last for a long time!

RIP, he died doing what he loved, condolences to the family.

 
Old 4th Jun 2001, 22:54
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Oh my God !!

From Teletext

Another British air display pilot has been killed - this time at a show in France while flying a Spitfire.

French police named the dead pilot as 56-year-old Martin Sargeant who was performing at the show in Normandy.

His death comes after three people died in two tragedies at the Biggin Hill air show in Kent at the weekend in which a jet and war-time fighter crashed.

A Time for silent refection on what has been the worst few days for the British Warbird fraternity in living memory.

My thoughts go out Mr Sargeant's family
 
Old 5th Jun 2001, 00:02
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ROUEN, France (Reuters) - The British pilot of a World War Two Spitfire has died after his plane crashed into a field at an airshow in the Normandy region of France, in the third fatal airshow crash in as many days.

"Earlier we had seen smoke coming from his engine and the airport siren was rung. The pilot wanted to land on the runway, but at the last moment when he saw he would crash into the crowd, he swerved to avoid them," fireman Yannick Bobin said on Monday.

"The plane exploded on impact and was on fire when the firemen approached," he added.

French police named the dead pilot as 56-year-old Martin Sargeant. No further details were immediately available.

On Sunday the pilot of a World War Two fighter was killed when his plane crashed and exploded at an air show near London, the day after another aircraft crashed at the show killing two crewmen.

Organisers said 11 Spitfires and a Hurricane were taking part in the airshow near the northern city of Rouen, the first to bring together such an important collection of World War Two planes in France since the war.

My deepest condolences to the pilot's family & friends.
 
Old 5th Jun 2001, 01:16
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RIP fellow aviator.

Our thourghts are with all those who have lost loved ones in the last three days.
 
Old 5th Jun 2001, 17:33
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It is weird how these things happen like this. All these incidents happening at once. Reminds me of that horrible weekend years ago in motor racing at San Marino when 2 died in as many days.
 
Old 5th Jun 2001, 18:00
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Indeed
The laws of probability move in mysterious ways.

I hope that the UK Warbird fraternity does not ever have to go through this again.

 
Old 5th Jun 2001, 18:28
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Another sad loss, I knew Martin well. He restored his own Harvard many years ago & was the best Ive ever seen. Last year Martin restored Spitfire PRX1 PL983 for its owner & operated it out of his own strip in Goudhurst, Kent, together with his own Harvard.
Having been present at Biggin on Sunday, this is all to much to take.

My thoughts are with Martins Family.

God bless.
 
Old 6th Jun 2001, 19:13
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Rip Martin.
This weekend just gone has indeed shocked and saddened us all. It truly is tragic that this has to happen. I was at Biggin at the weekend, and was still reeling from what was an extraordinary tragedy there. Forgive me if I sound like i am trying to apportion blame to anybody, but i heard a rumour that there were people on the emergency runway having picnics, causing Martin to swerve away. Is this true?
 
Old 7th Jun 2001, 00:53
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See my original thread (Spitfire Crash) and Yes, it appears there were people on the second rwy which precluded a safe landing.
Question: Did the French ATC know this and if so why didnt they mention it beforehand??
Unfortunately the French are conducting the enquiry, so who knows how much truth will be revealed.

A tragic event.
 
Old 7th Jun 2001, 13:25
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I believe the runway was designated for emergencies. Did the marshalls not cordon it off and prevent public access? Did the organisers not do anything to prevent this sort of thing? It's situations like these that can turn ones sorrow to anger. This is page 1 safety stuff. It looks as though this accident need not have happened. So sad.
 
Old 7th Jun 2001, 19:02
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"Unfortunately the French are conducting the enquiry, so who knows how much truth will be revealed"

Thank you for the frenches.
And definitively yes, we are eating froggs and wearing berets.

Sad,sad...
 

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