09/17/11 169 W, 1 I - + 11 - 1 How Dangerous Are Air Shows?

The tragic news out of Reno, Nevada, along with numbers of stunning video clips, may prompt knee-jerk reactions regarding safety at such events. How dangerous are air shows, anyway? Google searching finds a couple of interesting documents for your Saturday morning reading. Letter to the editor of The Independent, citing some statistics in Britian. And this PDF-format article by Des Barker in World Airnews from February 2010.

The author makes this compelling conclusion, which is certainly applicable to other risky activities and vocations: "As an international air show community, we seem to have reached a plateau in our ability to reduce accidents and incidents at air shows. The question is: Can we afford then to just continue and accept an average of 19 accidents/ incidents per annum? Further, can we afford to just accept what the dice have dealt, with the associated loss of life? Are we doing enough worldwide to reduce the number of air show accidents/incidents?"

Tim O'Brien/AP photo

Another one today in West Virginia
Scooter - 09/17/11 - 21:31

Watch the clip from the WV, notice how quickly and methodically the announcer responds, within seconds of the crash. In that business, there is probably a well-honed set of steps always ready in the event of an accident.
Legeros - 09/17/11 - 22:24

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