Graphic Video: Hawker Hunter jet crashes into cars at Shoreham Airshow in UK

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.

 

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5 Comments

  1. tragic accident. condolences to the families of the pilot and others that died or were injured… RIP
    UPDATE: Just read pilot was pulled from wreckage alive.

  2. the most common mistake people make when filming airshows. Zoom in on the moving object, then starting to chase it. People should zoom out a little, also so you can get a sense of the speed.

    On another note, my thoughts are with the poor people on the ground, and the crew.

  3. I suspect this is a pilot error that caused the crash. According to the video I’ve seen Graham Peacock stayed in the dive for too long and didn’t pull up on time after performing a loop.
    Such a damn shame to this beautiful Hunter T.Mk7 crash.

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