And THIS is why they should stop frickin' having air shows
Or at least, they should tone them down:
"Yelinek said the jet struck a stand of pine trees, and pieces of the plane hit homes, but he didn't see any catch fire. The pieces were "as big as a hand but no larger," he said."
So, no chunks of hot shrapnel larger than HUGE ONES THE SIZE OF A HAND were thrown into a RESIDENTIAL AREA at who knows what speed. NO PROBLEM!!!
Somebody dies at one of these things like 10 times a year, it seems like. This time some kid playing in his backyard might have gotten a chunk of fuselage through his skull without even attending the fucking show.
It's brainless enough that they risk their lives and the lives of the audience at these fucking things, but when they risk the lives of people in their own fucking homes, it's too much.
April 21st, 2007 10:15pm
I've been reading a bunch of pilot blogs ever since Joel posted that link to one over a year ago. Whether it's passenger jet pilots or smaller planes, they all think air shows are a bad idea. The accident stats are something like two or three orders of magnitude higher for airshows than any sort of air transport. At best, they have mixed feelings: liking the skilled flying, but not liking the bad PR.
April 21st, 2007 10:57pm
I'm trying to imagine car shows in America where spectators gather around and watch a pack of cars do stunts in an arena at top speed.
April 22nd, 2007 12:31pm
Sometimes spectators get hurt at car races, but it's very rare and fatalities are unheard of, unlike, say, European Soccer matches where I understand drunken stampedes that kill hundreds are a yearly occurrence.
The concern with the airshows here is that they should not be done close to residential areas so when the planes go down, it won't kill anyone.
However, planes crashing and killing someone on the ground is so rare it's not really worth worrying about.
Just like getting shot my a mass-murderer at college. Your chances of winning the big lottery are much much better.
April 22nd, 2007 12:36pm
"where I understand drunken stampedes that kill hundreds are a yearly occurrence. "
so what are the three instances for the last 3 years?
April 22nd, 2007 3:41pm
>Sometimes spectators get hurt at car races, but it's very rare and fatalities are unheard of
Just a few years ago an Indy Racing League incident saw a tire fly into the crowd, killing three and injuring 8. It certainly wasn't the first time an incident like this occurred.
April 22nd, 2007 4:02pm
"what are the three instances for the last 3 years"
Hell if I know, I stay far away from those trampling events.
I do know that there are 100 times more trampling deaths than airshow deaths.
And yet, soccer and rugby are still legal. What the fuck!
April 22nd, 2007 6:33pm
April 22nd, 2007 7:16pm
Air shows are about recruiting. They want to pull in as many suckers as they can so they can pick and choose the cream. Air shows are perfect for creating a lot of starry eyed possibles.
Warning: Su-27.avi is a film of a plane crash at an air show in russia or some eastern european country where the plane slams into the crowd and there is extensive footage of small children ripped into shreds, with heads and limbs torn from the bodies and laying all over the place.
April 23rd, 2007 2:50am
well, first you mentioned soccer, now rugby. Has there ever being a case of spectators getting trampled at a rugby game?
still, it's clear that you are not being too serious here ...
April 23rd, 2007 3:29am
Yeah, we should definitely stop doing anything that has any risk to it whatsoever....
I am ashamed dude, really.
April 23rd, 2007 10:53am
No, risk is fine. When you're consciously participating, even extreme risk is fine. Extreme natural risk without conscious participation is also fine.
Electing FOR a bunch of people living in a residental neighborhood that today, TODAY they're going to potentially have a fighter jet flown up their ass is not so fine.
April 23rd, 2007 11:03am
Air shows are also about reinforcing current member's dedication to the team. There's something about a crowd of military people standing all together on a tarmac, as airplanes representative of their military power swoosh by in tight formation.
Makes ya proud. Makes ya feel like you belong to something powerful. Makes ya willing to go into battle, knowing these guys are just a radio call away to back you up.
April 25th, 2007 3:50pm
It also inspires generations of young people to want to fly or otherwise work in aviation/aerospace.
At least, those that leave with their limbs and lives intact...
April 25th, 2007 5:48pm