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Report: Blue Angels Plane Crashes Into S.C. Homes

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posted on Apr, 21 2007 @ 03:59 PM
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Report: Blue Angels Plane Crashes Into S.C. Homes


www.local6.com

There are reports that a Blue Angels precision flight team member has crashed a plane during a show in South Carolina.

CNN reported that at least one plane crashed into a Beaufort, S.C., neighborhood. Several homes were reported to be on fire, according to CNN.

A man who said he was a witness told CNN that he was watching the show and there were six planes, then one vanished before he saw a black plume of smoke. He said he had watched the show for about 30 minutes before the crash.
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posted on Apr, 21 2007 @ 03:59 PM
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I hope the pilot ejected safely and that the people who live in the homes are safe.

What a week....

www.local6.com
(visit the link for the full news article)



posted on Apr, 21 2007 @ 04:03 PM
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FNC-

-FA-18 crashed, no word on pilot, the Blue Angels were performing in Beaufort South Carolina

-low formation over a grove of trees, six fly, only 5 came out of the grove, then reports of smoke.

low formation doesn't bode well for pilot



posted on Apr, 21 2007 @ 04:08 PM
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I just wish they wouldn't have those air shows so close to densely populated areas. To do so seems like a disaster waiting to happen.



posted on Apr, 21 2007 @ 04:11 PM
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Another report:


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WTOC tells us that the jet crashed Saturday afternoon while flying in the Blue Angels' performance. Eyewitnesses say the planes were flying in formation when one of the jets apparently crashed into a group of trees in a Beaufort neighborhood, starting several house fires.

It's not yet known if there are any casualties from the crash or fires, or who was flying the plane at the time.


Witness on FNC: plane may have went into the water, becuase he saw waverunners racing away, the show was nearing it's end when the crash happened.



posted on Apr, 21 2007 @ 04:16 PM
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Well the Hornet uses an Aces II seat which is 0/0 so he could have gotten out. As for doing the shows over populated areas, 99.9% of shows are safely performed, and these teams put hundreds of hours into keeping these planes airworthy and practicing to keep this from happening. There hasn't been a spectator killed at a US airshow in MANY years due to the flight rules, and the time these teams put into their planes.



posted on Apr, 21 2007 @ 04:22 PM
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They performed a maneuver and were attempting to rejoin at high speed and low altitude, and something went wrong. Don't know if someone got too close, or a mechanical or what, but something happened when they tried to rejoin into formation.



posted on Apr, 21 2007 @ 04:25 PM
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Originally posted by Zaphod58
Well the Hornet uses an Aces II seat which is 0/0 so he could have gotten out. As for doing the shows over populated areas, 99.9% of shows are safely performed, and these teams put hundreds of hours into keeping these planes airworthy and practicing to keep this from happening. There hasn't been a spectator killed at a US airshow in MANY years due to the flight rules, and the time these teams put into their planes.


The shows are spectacular, and I know that the pilots are very dedicated to their work, but they could perform their flying virtuosity in low-populated areas as well. It just seems so unnecessary to have these shows near cities.



posted on Apr, 21 2007 @ 04:26 PM
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He clipped powerlines, and impacted the ground. The pilot was killed on impact.
That's the current report.

They do these shows where the airfields are though. If there are houses near the field, they're going to do them over houses. They severely limit the flying over the houses however. People aren't going to want to drive miles out of their way to view these shows.

[edit on 4/21/2007 by Zaphod58]



posted on Apr, 21 2007 @ 04:27 PM
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Bad news, one SC TV report says the pilot has died,


www.9news.com...
BEAFORT, SC - NBC affiliate WSAV reports a member of the Blue Angels has died in a plane crash.


The station reports a Blue Angel aircraft went down in a neighborhood.

This apparently happened during a precision show exercise.


FNC- reports the same, siting Beaufort Gazette.

No word on other casualties or injuries from the house fires.



posted on Apr, 21 2007 @ 04:29 PM
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Originally posted by Zaphod58
He clipped powerlines, and impacted the ground. The pilot was killed on impact.


Wow, that is some low flying sub 200ft wouldn't you think, I haven't seen powerlines higher than that.



posted on Apr, 21 2007 @ 04:29 PM
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There is now a report that the pilot suffered a wire strike.



According to the Beaufort Gazette, police reports indicated that the jet clipped power lines and went down about 30 minutes into the unit's show at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort.

www.msnbc.msn.com...


[edit on 4/21/07 by FredT]



posted on Apr, 21 2007 @ 04:31 PM
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Originally posted by Zaphod58
He clipped powerlines, and impacted the ground. The pilot was killed on impact.


Very sorry to hear that.


People aren't going to want to drive miles out of their way to view these shows.


Don't people do that already. Don't they drive for great distances from the country and other cities to see these shows?



posted on Apr, 21 2007 @ 04:31 PM
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Originally posted by JacKatMtn
Wow, that is some low flying sub 200ft wouldn't you think, I haven't seen powerlines higher than that.


They performed a maneuver and were trying to get back into formation. This eyewitness said that one plane lagged behind the others, suddenly dropped and there was a smoke plume where he impacted. This guy said they were already in formation, and he clipped powerlines AFTER he started to crash.



posted on Apr, 21 2007 @ 04:33 PM
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Originally posted by SkyWay
Don't people do that already. Don't they drive for great distances from the country and other cities to see these shows?



These cities LOVE to have them come fly over them. They take great pride in the shows when they are there, and they usually hype them up in a big way. You get more people showing up, and the more people they have the more money the city makes.

Ok, this reporter is annoying. He keeps claiming they fly upwards of Mach 1 during shows, which is flat wrong. They never go over Mach 1 during a show.



posted on Apr, 21 2007 @ 04:34 PM
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Originally posted by SkyWay
I just wish they wouldn't have those air shows so close to densely populated areas. To do so seems like a disaster waiting to happen.


They dropped one into Perdido Bay during training in 2004. It doesn't happen often, these guys are the best and if it can be saved I'm sure they'd do it.

Hoping no one was hurt.



posted on Apr, 21 2007 @ 04:36 PM
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Originally posted by Zaphod58
These cities LOVE to have them come fly over them. They take great pride in the shows when they are there, and they usually hype them up in a big way. You get more people showing up, and the more people they have the more money the city makes.


Ah, yes, the money. I should have known.



posted on Apr, 21 2007 @ 04:38 PM
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It sounds like engine failure now. They were flying with all 6 in formation, and suddenly one of the birds started to drop back, and slowed way down, then suddenly dropped out of the sky and impacted the ground. This is bizzare. They're claiming that number 6 was flying in position number 1, and it crashed. But the eyewitness said that he dropped back before falling out of the sky and there was no attempt to eject. They were 32 minutes into the show when it happened.



posted on Apr, 21 2007 @ 04:39 PM
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Originally posted by SkyWay
Ah, yes, the money. I should have known.


And just try LOOKING at how many accidents there have been during shows sky way. Instead of just condemning them. Actually DO RESEARCH into how safe US airshows are and have been over the last 20 years.



posted on Apr, 21 2007 @ 04:39 PM
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Originally posted by Tom Bedlam
They dropped one into Perdido Bay during training in 2004. It doesn't happen often, these guys are the best and if it can be saved I'm sure they'd do it.


Even if it doesn't happen often, once is one accident too many, especially when it could have been prevented by having the show at a distance from a city.




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