11 JANUARY 2016


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Article from BTNews 11 JANUARY 2016

Brighton air crash

A report by the AAIB (Air Accident Investigation Branch) into the Hawker Hunter air crash near Shoreham Airport Brighton on 22 August has caused the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to question the validity of the plane’s Certificate of Air Worthiness.  Eleven spectators and motorists were killed, but the pilot escaped, not by the use of the ejector seat, but being thrown out on impact.

In a review of the incident the CAA questions whether the aircraft should have been allowed to fly.  It will be publishing a review of airshow safety shortly.  Tighter rules are likely to be introduced in the way that former military aircraft are demonstrated.

In the case of the Brighton crash the authority questioned whether certain maintenance requirements had been carried out.  Most air shows take place at established airports either military or civil, with the flying taking place behind what is the ‘flight line’ a theoretical barrier with the audience which they must not cross.  In this case the crash occurred away from the airfield.  At Southend and Bournemouth the very popular displays are flown over the sea with no chance of an aircraft crashing into the public.  www.gov.uk/aaib-reports   www.caa.co.uk/news

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