Romanian Airforce MiG 21 crashes during airshow.
A Romanian Airforce MiG 21 has crashed during a flying display at Borcea Base 86 during an open day.
The public has been evacuated from the airbase and the remainder of the show has been cancelled. It is believed the Pilot didn’t survive the crash.
Are Airshow Flying Displays dangerous?
Firstly Airshows flying displays are usually flown by the best pilots around. Of course any low level flying and acrobatic displays are inherently risky. The spectators are kept at a safe distance and pilots are under no circumstances to overfly the crowds.
Noteworthy Airshow Accidents
26th January 2017 – Australia Day celebrations (Perth, Australia) – A Grumman G-73 Mallard flying boat (VH-CQA), crashed into the Swan River.
22nd August 2015, an ex-military jet aircraft being operated as a warbird crashed during a display at the Shoreham Airshow at Shoreham Airport, England, killing 11 people and injuring 16 others.
28th August 1988 during the Flugtag ’88 airshow at the United States’s Ramstein Air Base near Kaiserslautern, West Germany. Italian Air Force display team collided during their display, crashing to the ground in front of a crowd of about 300,000 people. There were 70 fatalities (67 spectators and 3 pilots); 346 spectators sustained serious injuries in the resulting explosion and fire, and hundreds more had minor injuries.
3rd June 1973 Paris Air Show crash was the crash of the second production Tupolev Tu-144 at Goussainville, Val-d’Oise, France, which killed all six crew and eight people on the ground.
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