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A Sad Weekend for Britain’s Red Arrows and Air Shows
Posted by David Cant on August 23, 2011

This weekend was full of tragic accidents involving impressive air displays. The young RAF pilot Jon Egging was one of Britain’s famous Red Arrow team.  Aged just thirty three, he was taking part in a display at the Bournemouth Air Festival.  During the Red Arrows demonstration it is thought that he lost control of the plane which resulted in him losing his life while he tried to steer the plane away from houses nearby.

Full Investigation Underway

Although no official announcements have been made about the cause of the accident, experts have suggested that a bird may have collided with the plane. It is possible that the bird may have caused the flame which powers the Hawk T1 jet engine to go out.  This would result in complete lack of power.

A full investigation is now taking place which means that the entire Red Arrow team are grounded for several weeks to make sure that everything is done to prevent a fatal accident from occurring again.

Jon Egging was a happily married RAF pilot who has left behind a young bride who loved everything about her husband.  His wife was present at the air show and saw the whole event unfold along with the other spectators. Facebook fans of the Red Arrows have created a Page dedicated to the brave pilot.

Another Tragic Accident Kills Pilot

Elsewhere in the world yet another pilot performing at an air show sadly died during a demonstration.  While watched by a captivated audience, Bryan Jensen performed lots of impressive air displays in his Biplane at the Kansas City Aviation Expo Air Show. Unfortunately things went horribly wrong when the stunt pilot performed a spinning nose dive.

Mr Jensen was not able to come out of the nose dive and he crashed straight into the floor while bystanders could only stop and stare in shock.

Dare Devil Loses Life after Stunt Goes Wrong

In Michigan another man lost his life while performing a stunt at the Selfridge Air National Guard Base Air Show.  Todd Green, a stunt man for the last 25 years, tried to grab hold of a helicopter hovering above the plane he was standing on.  After two failed attempts Mr Green tried once more to grasp hold of the helicopter.  He slipped and then fell 200 feet to the floor below.  Mr Green was taken to hospital where he died from his injuries.

As the audience watched they were unsure as to whether the fall was part of the stunt.  It wasn’t until the emergency vehicles raced to help Mr Green that the reality as to what had just happened sank in.

Health and Safety Services When Holding Events

Health and safety services are able to help you plan safe events throughout the UK.  It doesn’t matter what type of event you are holding, all will need some health and safety services to help make sure everything goes off without a hitch.

Health and safety consultants can help advise you on what you need to do if you are holding a work or industry event. Risk assessments and health and safety procedures need to be in place to make sure that any incident is dealt with quickly and effectively, or prevented altogether. Call 0800 1488 677 for more information on the various health and safety services available.


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