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Soviet Fighter Jet Crashes in Michigan

Pilot survived air show accident

(Newser) - The pilot of a Cold War-era jet noticed it was losing power and decided to eject himself and a crew member before the Soviet fighter plane crashed during a weekend air show in suburban Detroit, an official said Monday. The pilot, who also owns the plane, had serious injuries but...

NTSB Reveals Details on Air Show Crash That Killed 6

No altitude plan was made before the tragedy, report finds

(Newser) - Just before a midair collision that killed six at a Dallas air show, a group of historic fighter planes was told to fly ahead of a formation of bombers without any prior plan for coordinating altitude, according to a federal report released Wednesday. The report did not give a cause...

Historic Planes Collide, Crash During Air Show

Officials have no information yet on possible casualties

(Newser) - Two historic military planes collided and crashed to the ground Saturday during an air show in Dallas, exploding into a ball of flames and sending plumes of black smoke billowing into the sky. It was unclear how many people were on board the aircraft or if anyone on the ground...

Stunt Driver Dies Racing Planes at Air Show

Shockwave truck spun out of control at Battle Creek event

(Newser) - A stunt truck driver was killed in a crash in front of a horrified crowd at a Michigan air show on Saturday. The jet engine-powered Shockwave truck, a familiar sight at air shows across the US, spun out of control, caught fire, and rolled over while it was speeding down...

Model F-16 Wows Crowd at North Korea's First Air Show

Officials aren't saying where they got it

(Newser) - Now here's something you don't see every day: an F-16 fighter jet buzzing through the skies of North Korea and launching fireworks. The plane roaring over people's heads at the country's first air show Sunday was actually a remote-controlled mock-up of the fabled US Air Force...

7 Dead as Plane Crashes at British Air Show

It came down on a busy highway

(Newser) - A military jet crashed today at an airshow in southern England, and the BBC reports that seven people are dead. Police say the aircraft, a Hawker Hunter fighter jet participating in the Shoreham Airshow near Brighton, came down on a highway and hit several vehicles as it crashed this afternoon....

Army Skydiver Dies From Chicago Air Show Injuries

Corey Hood was an Iraq, Afghanistan vet

(Newser) - Tragedy for the Army's Golden Knights: Sgt. 1st Class Corey Hood, a parachutist who served five tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and earned two Bronze Stars, has died from injuries suffered at the Chicago Air & Water Show . A Golden Knights spokeswoman says the 32-year-old from Cincinnati was knocked...

2 Parachutists Injured at Chicago Air Show

One hit a building on the way down, is in critical condition

(Newser) - Two parachutists were injured during a Chicago air show today after colliding in mid-air, reports WBBM . One of the two men then clipped the top of a high-rise apartment building before falling to the ground during the Chicago Air & Water Show. "His legs caught the tip of the...

Plane Crashes at Calif. Air Show

Biplane was flying upside-down when accident happened

(Newser) - A civilian biplane crashed at an air show in Northern California today, sending plumes of black smoke across Travis Air Force Base, KTVU reports. The crash occurred away from spectators, and no injuries were reported, but the pilot has not been accounted for. The Stearman plane was flying upside down...

Wing Walker, Pilot Killed in Air Show Plane Crash

It goes down near Dayton

(Newser) - A wing walker and pilot were killed today in a fiery plane crash at an air show near Dayton, Ohio, the AP reports. They were identified as stunt woman Jane Wicker and pilot Charlie Schwenker, according to the Dayton Daily News . "My understanding is there was nothing [emergency responders]...

Latest Victim of Budget Cuts: Air Shows

Dozens of shows called off after Blue Angels, Thunderbirds grounded

(Newser) - Automatic federal budget cuts have sent air shows around the US into a tailspin from which some may never recover. The Blue Angels and Thunderbirds jet teams and the Golden Knights parachute team, the biggest attractions at many shows, were grounded April 1, causing 60 of the country's 300...

Emirates Airline Places Record Boeing Order

50 Boeing 777s would be priciest deal ever

(Newser) - Dubai's fast-growing airline, Emirates, kicked off the region's biggest airshow today with an order for 50 Boeing 777s, which the US-based aircraft maker described as its biggest single order in dollar terms in history. The list price for the deal is $18 billion, but airlines typically negotiate discounts...

Plane Crashes at Reno Air Races; 3 Dead, Scores Injured

Pilot went down near grandstand

(Newser) - As thousands watched in horror, a WWII-era fighter plane competing in a Nevada event described as a car race in the sky suddenly pitched upward, rolled, and did a nose-dive toward the crowded grandstand. The plane, flown by a 74-year-old veteran Hollywood stunt pilot Jimmy Leeward , slammed into the concrete...

Wing Walker Plunges to His Death

Stuntman Todd Green slips as he reaches for helicopter in Michigan air show

(Newser) - A horrified crowd watched yesterday as a Michigan wing walker plunged to his death during an air show stunt. Todd Green fell some 200 feet at the Air National Guard Base in Selfridge near Detroit as he attempted to grab onto a helicopter hovering over the plane. "I thought...

Paris Air Show Hits Turbulence

Tragedy, economic losses hang over 100th show

(Newser) - Clouds hang over the launch of the 100th anniversary Paris Air Show today as investigators continue to pore over the wreckage of Air France flight 447. Bad business news combines with the tragedy to make this year's event less than stellar. Russia's first post-Soviet jetliner is expected to upstage Western...

Bill Murray Drops In on Air Show

Actor hurls himself from 13,500 feet for perfect landing at Chicago show

(Newser) - Wisecracking comedian Bill Murray launched himself from 13,500 feet to start off the Chicago Air and Water Show yesterday, AP reports. "Is there some frequent flier program?" quipped the 57-year-old actor before leaping from a plane and executing several spins strapped to the belly of a sergeant from...

Pilots Killed at Two Air Shows
Pilots Killed at Two Air Shows

Pilots Killed at Two Air Shows

One collided with another plane, the other crashed doing loop-the-loop

(Newser) - A stunt pilot doing loop-the-loops at a Dayton air show was killed in a crash today, just a day after another pilot died in a Oshkosh, WI, air show. The stunt pilot  was flying one of two  S2S biplanes when he crashed at the end of the runway, before thousands...

Pilot Killed in S.C. Blue Angel Crash

First crash of elite Navy flyers since 1999

(Newser) - Navy Lt. Cmdr. Kevin Davis crashed his F/A-18 Hornet jet fighter today during an air show in Beaufort, SC where he and five other members of the Blue Angel demonstration team were flying. The crash took the pilot’s life and also injured eight people on the ground.

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