Pilot Killed When Thai Gripen Crashes At Airshow For Children

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Royal Thai Air Force Gripen
Photo source: Saab.com

Royal Thai Air Force Squadron Leader Dilokrit Pattavee was killed today when his Saab JAS 35 Gripen impacted the ground following a flyby at Hat Yai in Songkhla Province, Thailand during a Children’s Day celebration. The aircraft appeared to lose control during a maneuver and flew into the ground away from spectators.

The Ministry of Defense is investigating the incident. Both Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-ocha and the RTAF Air Chief Marshal Jom Roongsawang have expressed condolences to the pilot’s family.

The airport was closed following the incident, diverting flights to Krabi airport with outbound flights delayed.

Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Sqn. Ldr. Dilokrit Pattavee.

Red Bull Pilot Hannes Arch Dies In Helicopter Accident

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Hannes Arch - Red Bull Air Race
Photo Credit: Red Bull Air Race

Red Bull Air Race pilot Hannes Arch died last night in a helicopter crash in the mountains of his native Austria. Few details are available at this time, but the Red Bull Air Race Facebook page posted this tribute:

It is with great sadness that we learn of the death of our long-time, close friend Hannes Arch in a private helicopter flight at Carinthia, Austria.

Hannes has been a Red Bull Athlete for over 25 years. The world mainly knew Hannes as an amazingly successful Red Bull Air Race pilot. This was only one of the ways in which his spirit found expression. In younger days he was ranked as one of the world’s leading mountaineers and climbers and was one of the first aerobatic paragliders.

We will miss his warmth, sense of fun and boundless energy. To his family and many other friends, we extend our deepest sympathy.

Hannes was actively competing in the Red Bull Air Race series this year, and holds third place in the 2016 rankings. There are two more races on the 2016 schedule, both in the United States. Both events are expected to go on as planned despite this tremendous loss.

Bearfeat Aerobatics Pilot Randy Harris And Passenger Killed In Crash Near Vance AFB

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Randy Harris - Bearfeat Aerobatics

Aerobatic pilot Randy Harris, who performed under the label of “Bearfeat Aerobatics”, was killed yesterday when his Skybolt biplane went down near Vance AFB in Oklahoma. His passenger, identified as USAF T-38 instructor pilot 1st Lt. Dale Bryan Shillington, was also killed in the crash. The aircraft was reportedly flying aerobatics when it went out of control and crashed in a field.

Harris was set to perform at the Vance AFB 75th anniversary open house and airshow this weekend, and was giving media rides in advance of the show. Following the crash, the base announced that the show will go on with added tributes to the pilots.

Our thoughts are with the families and friends of both men.

Pilot Killed In Crash At 2016 Cold Lake Airshow

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Pilot Bruce Evans
Photo via LinkedIn

Pilot Bruce “Frac” Evans was killed today when his T-28 Trojan crashed while he was performing at the Cold Lake Airshow in Alberta, Canada. The performance was a solo routine and no other performers or spectators were involved. According to the airshow’s website, Bruce was a Geologist and warbird enthusiast with an Airline Transport Pilot Licence, a T-28 Endorsement, and a low level aerobatic clearance to 250’. Throughout his career Bruce accumulated over 4,100 hours of flight time.

The crash happened around 2pm. Witnesses report that the T-28 was performing low level aerobatics when it impacted the ground while in a dive. The remainder of the show was canceled following the incident.

Our thoughts are with Bruce’s family and friends.

Pilot Bill Gordon Killed When P-47 Thunderbolt Crash Lands In Hudson River

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P-47 Thunderbolt Pilot Bill Gordon

Pilot Bill Gordon, former member of the Iron Eagles Aerobatic Team, has died after the WWII-era P-47 Thunderbolt he was piloting crash landed in the Hudson River near New York City. The aircraft was one of three participating in a photo flight near the city and Statue of Liberty on Friday evening to promote this weekend’s airshow at nearby Jones Beach. It came down just a couple of miles from the George Washington bridge after suspected mechanical trouble. The aircraft, “Jacky’s Revenge”, is owned by the American Airpower Museum on Long Island not far outside the city. The airshow will continue as planned this weekend.

Bill Gordon performs as part of the Iron Eagles Aerobatic Team

Adding to the tragedy were initial reports that the pilot was recovered safely and taken to the hospital. These reports were later corrected to state that the pilot was unaccounted for. His body was found in the wreckage by divers later that night. There is no word yet on what will happen to the aircraft, but the NTSB will be investigating the crash.

Our thoughts are with Bill’s family and friends.

Pilot Steve O’Berg Killed In Saturday Crash At Cameron Airshow

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Steve O'Berg Killed in Airshow Crash/O'Berg Airshows

Pilot Steve O’Berg was killed yesterday when his Pitts S-2B biplane crashed while performing at the airshow in Cameron, MO. No spectators were injured. Video of the crash shows the plane entering a spin and descending into a grove of trees before recovering. The airshow was cancelled for the rest of the day as a result of the crash, but it did continue today as a tribute to Steve. Our thoughts are with Steve’s family and friends after this tragic news.

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