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

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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.

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word, i heard about this like umm...friday/saturday?

 

it's not cool at all.

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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?

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Originally posted by suburbian bum

To be honest, 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.

 

i also thought the same.

 

rip.

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Originally posted by Kr430n5_666

air shows are stupid

going to air shows is risky

dead people in any situatoin is no good.

i couldnt agree more...

im guessing that nobody eard of the airshow accident here in nicaragua...

lemme see if i can find that article

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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.

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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.

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damn thats terrible. i'd hate to be one of those 2 pilots that survived. i think airshows are great but with anything risky there is always a chance an accident might occur. i dont think it should be banned they just need to make it safer.

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its sad, you would think that everyone of those people thought of the risk of going to an air show. it seems like every year or so there is an accident and its not like people don't hear about it. one of the most interesting shows is one of the deadliest for people. you would think they would put the crowd in safer places, or maybe they do and i just cant stop typing

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