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Plane crashes into crowd at ukranian air show. 78 dead.

Discussion in 'Channel Zero' started by suburbian bum, Jul 30, 2002.

  1. suburbian bum

    suburbian bum 12oz Loyalist

    Joined: Jan 30, 2001 Messages: 14,673 Likes Received: 3
    Sorry if this was posted before but its terrible. I dare you to test your attention span and read it.

    Air show crash kills 78
    Ukrainian fighter jet's pilots eject, survive

    By Tatyana Panova, Associated Press
    July 28, 2002

    LVIV, Ukraine — A fighter jet clipped the ground and sheared through a crowd of spectators Saturday at an air show in western Ukraine before exploding in a ball of fire, killing at least 78 people and injuring 138 in the deadliest air show accident in memory.

    The two crew ejected and survived, the Defense Ministry said, just after the SU-27 aircraft first grazed the ground and slid backward on its wingtip and nose through hundreds of spectators watching at the Sknyliv air base in the city of Lviv.

    Bohdan Hupalo, 18, said he was posing for a picture when the plane came down. He dove to the ground and saw the jet race over him, missing by only a few yards.

    "There weren't any survivors among those who fell down late — they were cut down like grass," he said. When Hupalo opened his eyes, he said he was surrounded by human remains.

    "I will never forget this tragedy," he said from his hospital bed, where he was being treated for an injured back.

    After the crash, parents frantically searched for missing children and used the public address system to call out their names. One group of children with cuts on their faces and arms sat stunned on the ground.

    Body parts littered the tarmac at the air base. One woman was seen clutching the lifeless body of a child in front of a jet on display; another man was covered in blood while he examined the stump left of his right hand.

    The Emergency Situations Ministry said 138 people had been treated at hospitals in Lviv, and 24 who were lightly injured had been released. It said the death toll could still rise because many of the injured were in critical condition,

    The two crew suffered back injuries, medical officials told Interfax news agency, but they were seen walking away from the crash scene without assistance.

    The plane was in the sky for about two minutes and had been performing advanced maneuvers. Then it went silent and headed toward the ground, banking left, with its wingtip shearing trees and touching another plane on the ground. It then hit the tarmac.

    Video of the crash showed the jet sliding backward along the ground on its left wingtip and nose before it began cartwheeling and then exploded, throwing off flaming debris.

    The Defense Ministry's western operational command said engine failure was the preliminary reason for the crash, but ministry headquarters in the capital Kiev declined to comment on the cause and refused to confirm an engine malfunction.

    President Leonid Kuchma, who cut short his vacation in Crimea to rush to the accident scene, implied that a technical fault could have been to blame.

    "This equipment has already functioned to its technological capacity," he said after his arrival in Lviv. Much of the country's air force arsenal is left over from the Soviet era and in poor condition.

    "We don't know anything absolutely except that the pilots were the most experienced, of the highest class," Kuchma said in comments shown on state television.

    Ukrainian officials are especially sensitive about military accidents after last October when an errant missile fired from a Ukrainian military base shot down a Russian plane, killing all 78 people on board, most of them immigrants to Israel.

    After Saturday's crash, Kuchma fired the commander of the air force and the top officer from the 14th Air Corps, to which the jet belonged.

    Government investigators began questioning the jet's crew, along with other witnesses and watching video of the crash. Prosecutors also started an investigation.

    One of the world's most deadly previous air show crashes was at a U.S. air base in Germany in 1988, when Italian jets performing a complicated maneuver collided and spiraled into the crowd, killing 70 and injuring at least 400.

    In Saturday's crash, about 1,500 people were watching the first day of the free air show, which marked the 60th anniversary of the local air force unit. Thousands more had been expected Sunday.

    Kuchma said the country would consider a ban on air shows because of the accident.
  2. swif1

    swif1 Veteran Member

    Joined: Dec 13, 2001 Messages: 7,067 Likes Received: 29
    word, i heard about this like umm...friday/saturday?

    it's not cool at all.
  3. suburbian bum

    suburbian bum 12oz Loyalist

    Joined: Jan 30, 2001 Messages: 14,673 Likes Received: 3
    To be hones i could barely resist laughing when i first read it. Just the image of people sitting dumbfounded in a feild of body parts. Then i realized how fucked up it is. Bleh, i feel bad killing spiders.
    Rip people. Much respect.

    Doesnt someone die at almost every air show there is?
  4. swif1

    swif1 Veteran Member

    Joined: Dec 13, 2001 Messages: 7,067 Likes Received: 29
    i also thought the same.

  5. dahighlifdhl

    dahighlifdhl Senior Member

    Joined: May 4, 2002 Messages: 1,430 Likes Received: 0
    i totally agree

    and rip
  6. -Rage-

    -Rage- 12oz Loyalist

    Joined: Apr 12, 2001 Messages: 11,276 Likes Received: 71

    not too funny :eek:

    [url=http://mediaframe.yahoo.com/launch?&p=news&l=SAM&a=0,30&provider=ap_av&.test=1&f=53746348&lid=rnv-56-s.3224082,rnv-128-s.3224082,rnv-200-s.3224082,rnv-300-s.3224082,wmv-50-s.3224084,wmv-100-s.3224085,wmv-300-s.3224086,&t=AudioVideo%20%2d%20AP%20%2d%20Ukraine%20Airshow%20Crash%20Kills%2070%20&dw=http%253A%252F%252Fstory.news.yahoo.com%252Fnews%253Ftmpl%253Dstory2%2526u%253D%252F020727%252F163%252F1xgca.html&bw=http%25253A%25252F%25252Fstory.news.yahoo.com%25252Fnews%25253Ftmpl%25253Dindex2%252526cid%25253D979]video of crash[/url]
  7. Kr430n5_666

    Kr430n5_666 Banned

    Joined: Oct 6, 2004 Messages: 19,229 Likes Received: 30
    air shows are stupid
    going to air shows is risky
    dead people in any situatoin is no good.
  8. drunken phil

    drunken phil Guest

    i couldnt agree more...
    im guessing that nobody eard of the airshow accident here in nicaragua...
    lemme see if i can find that article
  9. graf-freely!

    graf-freely! Member

    Joined: Nov 16, 2001 Messages: 556 Likes Received: 0
    Airshows arent stupid people are.Ive heard the air show officials decided to move up the crowd about 100 feet or more closer to the run way. Ive been to a gang of air shows and theyve all been pretty cool.....youre still probly more likely to die on the way to the air show.
    This was just a tragic accident my heart goes out to those that lost their lives. rip.
  10. d-town_bomber

    d-town_bomber Veteran Member

    Joined: May 20, 2001 Messages: 7,032 Likes Received: 2
    thats some rowdy shit. crazy video.
  11. fAiLED cRiTQ

    fAiLED cRiTQ New Jack

    Joined: Jun 28, 2002 Messages: 27 Likes Received: 0
    i was born and lived half of my life in that country.

    there are no words that i could say that would express what i felt when i found out what happened.

    and i vowed to stay away from all air shows ever since the figher plane that crashed in the recent air show in los angeles - my parents were vip in that, front row, watching it happen. i should have been there too, but something told me to stay away. now this.
  12. uncle-boy

    uncle-boy Guest

  13. Intangible

    Intangible 12oz Legend

    Joined: Jul 9, 2001 Messages: 17,479 Likes Received: 7
    never good....that sucks....crazy shit can happen....its really sad...
  14. greedy mars

    greedy mars Guest

  15. shameless self promotion

    shameless self promotion 12oz Legend

    Joined: Mar 7, 2001 Messages: 16,307 Likes Received: 114
    Damn thats nuts....that video was fucking crazy too....

    I feel bad for all those people just trying to have a fun time..