Reno Airshow Disaster- Are Fatalities Common?
This past weekend there was a tragic event that took place at the airshow in Reno, Nevada. The current death count is up to 10 people with many more injured. There are various things that researches believe could have caused this horrible crash including the pilot experiencing a heart attack or blacking out or it may be a result of him attempting to alter the plane. However, in researching further information in years past it seems like a current story that a pilot may have died in one of the races, however it is not a common occurrence that spectators are harmed by these crashes. In 1988 there was a mid air collision that killed 70 of the approximately 300000 spectators and injuring 500 at the Ramstein Air Force air show in Germany, the most devestating of any air show plane crash. Another Air show death occured about ten year ago on July 27, 2002 in Ukraine during the Sknyliv Air Show. 77 people were killed and 543 injured. So are fatalities common? Not exactly. However, they are not unheard of. They happen more than we would hope.
I found this information by looking at the timeline to see where to most activity was being posted on the web. The 1980 was very active so when I looked that is how I discovered information about this plane crash. I found aThis topic is interesting to me because when I was in St. George playing tennis my doubles partner and I walked off the court to the news that her dad had been just 100 feet away from the crash in one of the box seats at the air show and had been hit by a piece of debris of the plane.