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Red Arrow crashes at Bournemouth Air Festival


TopCat®
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Description of events at plane crash More news later on condition of pilot, etc. TC.

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Woolwell

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Pine Man

The choice would be to eject rather than crash into a field. Have you ever flown as aircrew?

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Pine Man

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Woolwell

I have flown fixed wing and rotary though not as part of an aircrew but I'm not sure about the relevance of that.

I was merely pointing out that whenever, usually light, aircraft come down the tabloid press always seem to want to credit the pilot as being a hero doing his best to avoid a built up housing area before crashing. Clearly, in most cases, we'll never know what was in the pilots mind but if he can't eject or bail common sense suggests that he will avoid buildings to give him the best chance of surviving.

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ams4127

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I was detailed on a crash recovery a good few years ago in Wisbech after a Harrier had gone down and demolished a house.

We were desperately scrabbling through the rubble looking for a child who, we had been told, was in the house.

Not a pleasant experience as I'm sure you can imagine.

Suddenly a voice shouted out telling us to be careful when we found the electricity meter as it was a valuable item.

That man was lucky to escape with his life.

The child? Oh yes, we found her. And grown men cried.

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mordwydd

"I think you're being a bit restrictive here FE."

Fair comment, but there's a reason for it. I know for a fact that when there's an accident like this members of the dead person often surf the web, looking for reports and mention of their loved one. I was once contacted by someone on behalf of the wife of a man who had been killed in an incident about which there had been speculation in the forum. She had stumbled across our thread, and had been hurt and offended by some speculation that her husband had in some way contributed to the accident.

I felt for her, and resolved that in future I would deter such theorising immediately after the event, no matter how informed people might think they were. Nobody here has knowledge of what caused this particular aircraft to crash, but what we say is going to come high in the Google search - just type "Red Arrow crashes at Bournemouth Air Festival" and you'll see us on the first page.

Restrictive? Maybe a little, but experience has shown that not everyone here acknowledges the need to consider the sensitivities of others so soon after the event.

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morddwyd

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Point taken

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Crosstrainer2

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With a certain amount of inside knowledge.......Full Hydraulics failure.

But it is just a populist theory at the moment.

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Armchair

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Forum Editor

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There I am, asking for restraint with regards to speculation, and what is the result? A detailed (now deleted) post full of speculation.

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cream.

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I hope they still go ahead with their displays. We were lucky enough to move just down the road from RAF Scampton and regularly see them practicing their routines.

We seem to move near to air force bases as our last house was 4 miles from RAF Leeming. In the 80' and 90's watching the Vulcan's land and take off was a glorious sight.

My sincere condolences to the family of Flight ­Lieutenant Jon Egging.

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