Red Arrows Accidents
November 8, 2011 12:46pm CST
The Red Arrows, are of course, RAF's Aerial Display Team that attends Air Shows all over the world, flying the flag so to speak. However, there have been two fatal incidents involving these aircraft in the space of 3 months. I can't help wondering if there is something not quite right with the fleet. The first incident happened on a flight during an aerial display 3 months ago and the other happened today on the ground..some malfunction involving the ejector seat, I believe. Two deaths in 3 months and I feel so much sympathy for the families of those who have sadly perished. One worrying aspect to all this is that it's the MoD (Ministry of Defence) who investigate military accidents. I smell a cover-up already and I'd dearly love to know how old the aircraft are and the safety regime that exists and if corners have been cut. Any experts out there?
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14 Nov 11
I'm no expert, but I do work in an industry that build planes. Although these planes may have updated maintenance, parts do wear off. Because of fatigue, there's only a certain number of uses/flights that parts can function before they fail. And then there's the human factor that compound probability of accidents. As much as I like planes, I don't really like air shows as I don't see any practical use fo it.
• Carlisle, England
14 Nov 11
Do you know something? I don't like Air Shows either. The times there have been accidents at these events is quite scary. The Red Arrows I saw in Blackpool came over the houses near to where the display happened, so we can't escape them even if we wanted to. They have done this for years. From my bedroom window I can see them create hearts in the sky and I've done this from being very small. It just so happens I was in Blackpool at the time of the display...but I wouldn't go to an Air Show as such. I'd be too frightened!
• United States
10 Nov 11
Anytime a person works in a dangerous profession accidents will happen. It doesn't make them any less grievous or lessen the pain their families go through. I am sure that there will be some cover up from the investigators. It is common for these kind of agencies to cover their own behinds. Here we have the Blue Angels that do air shows. They have had their share of fatal accidents, too.