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Our list of post-war air show accidents

    These have been the main incidents at UK air shows since the Second World War in which pilots or bystanders were injured or killed.

    • 18 September 1948, RAF Manston. De Havilland Mosquito. Both crew and 10 spectators were killed.
    • 6 September 1952, Farnborough, De Havilland 110 broke up in mid-air with the debris killing 29 spectators.
    • 20 September 1958, RAF Syerston, Avro Vulcan wing structural failure following pull-up exceeding structural limits. All crew and three people on the ground died.
    • 20 September 1968, Farnborough,Breguet 1150 Atlanticcrashed during a single-engine demonstration killing all five crew and one person on the ground.
    • 11 September 1970, Farnborough, Wallis Autogyro went out of control. Pilot killed.
    • 1 September 1974, Farnborough, Sikorsky Black Hawk helicopter crashed on the runway after a low roll, killing both crew.
    • 21 September 1980 Biggin Hill, Douglas A-26 bomber ploughs into the ground during a display killing the pilot and six passengers, but fortunately no spectators
    • 4 September 1984, Farnborough,de Havilland CanadaDHC-5DBuffalo, badly judged steep approach to an intended short landing in a gusting crosswind resulted in serious structural damage at touchdown. No casualties.
    • 24 July 1993, Royal International Air Tattoo, RAFFairford, two Russian AF Mig Mi29s collided and crashed. The pilots ejected, no casualties.
    • 20 August 2011, Bournemouth, BAE Systems Hawk T1 crashed at the end of an air display by the RAF aerobatic team, the Red Arrows, when the pilot suffered g-induced loss of consciousness. The pilot was killed.
    • 1 July 2012, Shuttleworth Military Pageant, a veteran de Havilland DH53 Humming Bird, pilot killed following loss of control.
    • 1 August 2015, Cheshire Car Fest (strictly speaking, not an air show but with an air display component), Folland Gnat, pilot killed in ground impact after a low pass.

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    Ramstein air show disaster

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    There have also been two notable disasters internationally during the past 30 years involving fatalities among those attending the event.

    • 28 August 1988, Ramstein air base, Germany, collision during a high speed opposition manoeuvre by the Italian Frecce Tricolori aerobatic team flying Aermacchi MB339s. Three pilots and 67 spectators were killed, 346 badly injured.
    • 27 July 2002, Sknyliv air base, Ukraine, Sukhoi Su27 of the Ukrainian Falcons aerobatic team crashed, killing 77 spectators and injuring 543.

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