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2007-04-21 04:31:16 PM
Whoa. I was going to tomorrow's show. Let me call some people who are over there now.
 
2007-04-21 04:31:47 PM
The plane hit powerlines. So far one fatality is linked to the crash, we don't know if it was the pilot or not.
 
2007-04-21 04:36:41 PM
Man....just one fatality when a jet goes down?

Also, what amazes me is that a little powerline can take down a multi-million dollar fighter jet.

I thought they were supposed to be able to take a certain amount of enemy fire and still fly?
 
2007-04-21 04:40:33 PM
Love those airshows.
 
2007-04-21 04:41:45 PM
I_Make_Jebus_Cry: I thought they were supposed to be able to take a certain amount of enemy fire and still fly?

If they hit a powerline, it's a real good bet they're pretty close to the ground, and don't have any time to recover aerodynamically.
 
2007-04-21 04:43:28 PM
Where is MCAS Beaufort...South Carolina?
 
2007-04-21 04:44:39 PM
Rough stuff. I'll keep thinking good thoughts.
 
2007-04-21 04:45:34 PM
Not hearing this on any other news networks or the wire ...
 
2007-04-21 04:47:02 PM
http://www.beaufortgazette.com/breaking_news/story/6477255p-5768377c.html

Beaufort Gazette has the above.
 
2007-04-21 04:48:36 PM
That sucks ... I love them. I live right next to the Annapolis Naval Academy and love when they fly for their graduation. Eek.
 
2007-04-21 04:49:11 PM
aphexcoil: Not hearing this on any other news networks or the wire ...

CNN is covering it on TV but there's no mention of it on their web site.
 
2007-04-21 04:50:32 PM
Dang that sucks. They are coming to the air show here in another 6 weeks.
 
2007-04-21 04:50:32 PM
Subby gave the wrong link for the Blue Angels. It's http://www.blueangels.navy.mil
 
2007-04-21 04:51:27 PM
holy shiat
 
2007-04-21 04:53:51 PM
I love the F/A-18 Hornets, too. Damn.
 
2007-04-21 04:54:07 PM
Bummer. I've seen them several times and they're the best.
 
2007-04-21 04:54:18 PM
With little detail, I would speculate that he clipped the line at high speed and low altitude...Airframes can take some holes, but high tension wires would go through it like a cheese slicer.
 
2007-04-21 04:54:20 PM
One of my friends back in high school's dad was on the scene when one of the Angels crash landed upside down on the runway, and then hit the ejection seat. They recovered part of him from a hole about 20-feet deep in the runway.
 
2007-04-21 04:54:39 PM
FNC is reporting a house on fire.
 
2007-04-21 04:54:43 PM
Damn shame. These guys and the Thunderbirds are some of the best in the world. Anybody hoping to see them in the next 6 months or so better give it up. There will be a long investigation.
 
2007-04-21 05:04:50 PM
Damn shame. These guys and the Thunderbirds are some of the best in the world. Anybody hoping to see them in the next 6 months or so better give it up. There will be a long investigation.

I just started thinking about that. I bet they won't be here June 1st.
 
2007-04-21 05:17:32 PM
beirmaster: Damn shame. These guys and the Thunderbirds are some of the best in the world. Anybody hoping to see them in the next 6 months or so better give it up. There will be a long investigation.

Damn. They're supposed to be at the Indianapolis Air Show in August. That's probably off now.
 
2007-04-21 05:21:16 PM
LordPistachio: Damn. They're supposed to be at the Indianapolis Air Show in August. That's probably off now.

also...damn, somebody died
 
2007-04-21 05:25:04 PM
I was going to go this morning, but got in a fight. Decided not to go. Just as well, my family got lost on the way and didn't go. We were going to go tomorrow but I guess that's out of the question.

Based on the eyewitness on CNN, this is where is occurred: Pine Grove Rd. (pops)
 
2007-04-21 05:25:06 PM
MSNBC has a story on their website
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18248797/
 
2007-04-21 05:25:48 PM
I just saw them last year at the air show. I am sorry to hear that one of them went down. I wonder how many pilots they have lost in the past. I have never heard of a crash in the last 20 years.

/military family
// salutes fallen hero
 
2007-04-21 05:25:55 PM
AlabamaGirl: also...damn, somebody died

Oh, I guess I should have read the thread more carefully. That sucks.
 
2007-04-21 05:25:59 PM
You mean a plane crashed? I'm assuming they know how to eject.
 
2007-04-21 05:26:36 PM
Ah the first signs of spring
 
2007-04-21 05:26:41 PM
On that link I posted, zoom in to Shanklin Rd. and Pine Grove Rd.
 
2007-04-21 05:27:18 PM
Wuddersup: I'm assuming they know how to eject.

Because there's ALWAYS time to eject.
 
2007-04-21 05:27:31 PM
CNN reports the pilot may be alive. Unconfirmed.
 
2007-04-21 05:28:12 PM
I_Make_Jebus_Cry [TotalFark]
Also, what amazes me is that a little powerline can take down a multi-million dollar fighter jet.

Think of a wire cheese-cutter. Same principal.
 
2007-04-21 05:28:20 PM
kraut7: Because there's ALWAYS time to eject.

In the situation that I mentioned above, there was plenty of time, except the pilot apparently had become confused and didn't know which way was up. And ejected straight into the ground.
 
2007-04-21 05:28:33 PM
www.moviegoods.com

Goose would be proud.
 
2007-04-21 05:29:19 PM
One person dead confirmed by Beaufort County coroner.
 
2007-04-21 05:29:55 PM
isn't there a minimum height you have to be at before you can "safely" eject?
 
2007-04-21 05:31:24 PM
Wow Fark beat CNN on reporting the death... I am impressed and think that CNN reads Fark
 
2007-04-21 05:31:25 PM
They were in my city last weekend, but I missed them. I normally go every year -- they alternate between my city and the NAS 40 miles down the road. One of the pilots is a grad of my high school.

I was at the Blue Angels show in 2000 when an Air Force F-16 pilot killed himself during his demonstration -- didn't pull out of a split-S in time. That'll be burned into my memory for life. You don't want to see that, ever.
 
2007-04-21 05:31:30 PM
:(
 
2007-04-21 05:31:46 PM
Hmm, that's too bad. shiat like that happens when you fly to show off, though.

/VMFA(AW)-224
 
2007-04-21 05:32:12 PM
They've asked for a coroner. Possibly just in case, but I'm not thinking it's too good.
 
2007-04-21 05:32:13 PM
they're the best

The best at what? Showing off? I cringe when I think of how much it costs to fly and maintain aircraft (not mention train pilots) and how guys like these do it just to show off on my tax-dime.
 
2007-04-21 05:33:30 PM
TerpZebra: isn't there a minimum height you have to be at before you can "safely" eject?

No with modern ejection seats. Zero altitude/zero airspeed.
 
2007-04-21 05:33:34 PM
TerpZebra
Not with modern gear, they shoot you up high enough for that. In that past it was a problem though.
 
2007-04-21 05:33:50 PM
With all due respect to the Angels and T-birds. They are the best, but they are also very tame in their maneuvers compared to the Red Arrows or Snowbirds. Now those guys are just plane crazy! My regards to the Angels team.

/Yes I am aware of my literary play on words there.
//That was the point
 
2007-04-21 05:33:57 PM
most modern jets have zero-zero capable ejection seats, (0 alt. , 0 speed) and can compensate dynamically.. however, given the speed and time to pull the handle, the pilot may never had time or he may have just decided to ride it in to avoid more damage.

Naval jets, such as this hornet can eject under water too. Search the "ejection site" for some real life stories.

Oh, and just because you can get out of the jet, its not always the case that you live.
 
2007-04-21 05:34:05 PM
TerpZebra: isn't there a minimum height you have to be at before you can "safely" eject?

Not with modern zero-zero ejection seats.
 
2007-04-21 05:34:53 PM
According to a 1999 story on CNN there have been 23 Blue Angel pilot fatalities since 1946.
 
2007-04-21 05:34:55 PM
So far:

Witnesses say a member of the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels has crashed during an air show in Beaufort, South Carolina. Police reports indicate that the jet may have clipped power lines and went down about 30 minutes into the air show at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort.

The Blue Angels were performing at an air show in Beaufort, which is located on the Atlantic coast, near the Georgia border.

WSAV, a local TV station, is reporting that a plane crashed into neighborhood. However, a state trooper has reportedly told news media that the plane did not crash into any home.

The fate of the pilot is not yet known.
 
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