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« on: November 08, 2011, 08:25:19 pm »

Fatal News Red Arrows Pilot Dies After A Problem with the Aircraft, Its Tolled From The News Reporters, An E-Jection Seat has Failed and Killed a Pilot.
This Terrible accident Is the Second Death To the Red Arrows In 3 months.
There is No word on the Pilots Name Or what Aircraft It was.

My Team And I's Sorrows, Go Out To The RAF Red Arrows and The Virtual Red Arrows That Follow There Footsteps.

News Story Information Below
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-15640104
News Video Link Below
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-15645578

Latest News Update On Pilot Death Information
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2059327/Red-Arrows-incident-Jets-grounded-RAF-launches-safety-probe-pilot-death.html
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« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2011, 08:31:44 pm »

A terrible loss and an incredibly difficult year for the Reds and the airshow industry combined. My sympathies with the pilots and their families. I'd like to note, as quoted in the article, Group Captain Blake said, "It would be inappropriate to speculate on the cause of the incident until that inquiry is complete. The investigation will determine the facts." Let's just make sure we're all showing appropriate respect for the gravity of the situation.

Unfortunately, the fine folks at BBC have the wrong pilot's name. Flt LT Egging was killed in the previous crash this year.


As this does not pertain to VFAT or virtual airshows, I recommend this thread be moved to "Off Topic."
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« Reply #2 on: November 08, 2011, 08:38:09 pm »

Not trying to speculate, I'm reading this for the first time here, but what happened?

What a tough loss for the REDS...  Cry

(Topic also moved per request).
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« Reply #3 on: November 08, 2011, 08:43:36 pm »

(Topic also moved per request).

Thankyou For Moving This Topic
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« Reply #4 on: November 08, 2011, 09:27:11 pm »

Horrible news  Sad Rest in Peace.....
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« Reply #5 on: November 08, 2011, 09:32:20 pm »

I can't find words.
This kind of accident reminds us that they do a very dangerous job...
R.I.P.
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« Reply #6 on: November 08, 2011, 10:39:05 pm »

R.I.P.

Sad news from aerobatic world.
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« Reply #7 on: November 08, 2011, 11:03:18 pm »

Unbelievable news again  Cry
We are of course all very sad that we've lost another friend in the Reds.

Thanks for your thoughts for us also.
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« Reply #8 on: November 08, 2011, 11:46:21 pm »

Not trying to speculate, I'm reading this for the first time here, but what happened?

Of course not. The word is an unintentional ejection... whether or not it was equipment malfunction or pilot error is yet to be announced. The canopy apparently did not fire prior to the ejection (unverified) which is a bad sign. As I recall, the Hawk T.1a has had problems with ejection seats in the past.  Sad
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« Reply #9 on: November 09, 2011, 03:36:35 am »

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2059004/Red-Arrows-pilot-rushed-hospital-life-threatening-injuries-ejector-seat-accident.html?ITO=1490

The BAe Hawk uses a Canopy Destruct system, which have an explosive cord embedded within the acrylic plastic of the canopy. An explosion is initiated when the eject handle is pulled, and shatters the canopy over the seat a few milliseconds before the seat is launched.

By the photos it looks to me like the entire glass of the canopy is gone, yet the side-opening canopy frame is still in place.

Tragic! This year has been one of the worst in the air show circuit. Sad
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« Reply #10 on: November 09, 2011, 05:46:16 am »

All true, only relaying what (I thought) I had read... but I appear to be mixing sources. I'll take care not to in the future. BBC has corrected their article to reflect the difference between Flt LT Egging and Flt LT Cunningham's accidents.

Unfortunately, there's so many things that can go wrong with ejections. I know the Blue Angels remove their seat belts, harnesses, and leg restraint garters during the taxi-in (even while still on the runway) so that they can de-plane quickly and without aid at the chocks. I wouldn't be surprised if the Reds follow a similar procedure.

I only hope the Reds can recover from two terrible losses. I can't imagine how difficult it is for them now.

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« Reply #11 on: November 09, 2011, 08:34:49 am »

A sad year for the airshow community.

Rest in peace.
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« Reply #12 on: November 09, 2011, 08:44:30 am »

Very sad news.

Lets wait for the result of the investigations.

R.I.P
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« Reply #13 on: November 09, 2011, 10:34:30 am »

R.I.P.

This is a very sad event.
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« Reply #14 on: November 09, 2011, 06:10:52 pm »

Yes people, it's very sad..  Cry

For all of you, http://www.raf.mod.uk/reds/teamnews/fltltseancunningham.cfm
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