Major incident at UK airshow.
At about 1.20PM LT the two seat Hawker Hunter T.Mk.7 WV372 crashed into cars on A27 in West Sussex during its display at Shoreham air show near Brighton.
Shoreham airshow website says that the T.Mk.7 was a two seat development of the F.Mk.4, the RAF’s standard day-fighter. WV372 is owned by Graham Peacock and is based at North Weald Airfield in Essex. It carried the markings of No. 2(AC) Squadron when they were based at RAF Gutersloh in Germany. WV372 has been active on the display circuit for many years, first with Jet Heritage at Bournemouth before passing through several other owners and operators.
Based on the video posted on Youtube, the Hunter was performing a loop that it didn’t manage to close.
According to the first reports, 7 people died as a consequence of the incident.
And another warbird bites the dust, unfortunately with innocent casualties. Even when the pilot is high time in fast jets, they seem unfortunately prone to colliding with the ground at airshows.
We should just allow nothing more than zoom climbs, rolls, slow level flight at airshows, in anything turbine powered, probably piston-pursuit types as well.
This isn’t 1959, these aren’t RAF line-serviced Hunters with their active squadron pilots.