List of air show accidents and incidents in the 21st century

This is a year-by-year list of aviation accidents that have occurred at airshows worldwide in the 21st century.

F-16 Ejection at Mountain Home, Idaho September 15, 2003


  • June 2 – During an airshow at Beja Airbase in Beja, Portugal, two Yakovlev Yak-52 aircraft, part of the YAKSTARS aerobatic display team, were involved in a mid-air crash. The incident resulted in the death of one Spanish pilot, Manuel Rey Cordeiro, known as "Coco", and injuries to a Portuguese pilot, who was transported to Beja's Hospital. There were no ground victims.[1][2]
  • May 25 – A helicopter pilot was killed when he was run over by a fuel tanker maneuvering for routine aircraft refueling operations on the airport runway during the L'Aquila airshow at Parchi di Preturo airport, Italy. The airshow was suspended after the accident.[3]
  • May 25 – A Spitfire crashed in a field during a Battle of Britain event at RAF Coningsby just before 1.20pm, killing the pilot.[4]
  • May 12 – Two jets touch wings during a formation flight at an air show in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. An emergency was declared, but the planes were able to land without incident.[5]
  • May 5 – An aerobatic pilot was killed when a vulture flew into his cockpit, causing his Extra 300 to crash after taking part in the San Xavier airshow in Murcia, Spain.[6]
  • April 23 – 2024 Lumut mid-air crash. Two Malaysian Navy helicopters, an Airbus Helicopters H125 Fennec and a Leonardo Helicopters AW139 collided while flying in formation prior to an airshow in the Malaysian town of Lumut.[7] Ten crew members were killed.[8]
  • January 13 – An ultralight piloted by an Austrian pilot and German co-pilot crashed into a rice paddy in the Ban Na area, of Banglamung, Chonburi, Thailand. The plane was enroute to take part in a children's day Airshow. The plane's pilot was killed on impact and the co-pilot seriously injured.[9]


  • November 12 – An Aero Vodochody L-29 Delfin jet, was destroyed when it impacted the ground during an aerobatic maneuver at an airshow hosted by the Aeroclub Villa Cañas, Santa Fe Province, Argentina. Both occupants onboard sustained fatal injuries in the crash.[10][11]
  • September 17 – 2 North American T-6 Texan aircraft collided mid-air on the last day of the final Reno Air Races, killing both pilots.[12] The accident occurred after the conclusion of the race as the planes were coming in to land, after placing first and second in their race.[13] The other races were halted making this the last race ever to be held at Reno. Nobody on the ground was injured.[14]
  • September 16 – A MB-339A/PAN MLU from the Italian Air Force Display Team's Frecce Tricolori crashed on take off after striking a bird in preparation of their attendance at the Vercelli Airshow the following day. The pilot ejected safely, but the plane struck a vehicle carrying a family, killing a five year old girl and seriously injuring the remaining occupants.[15][1]
  • September 10 – A North American T-28 Trojan crashed at the Börgönd Aviation Day airshow in Fejér County outside of Budapest, Hungary, killing both pilots and injuring 4 on the ground.[16]
  • August 13 – A MiG-23UB jet aircraft crashed at an airshow in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Both pilots ejected safely.[17]
  • July 23—The propeller engine of a Fournier RF4D G-AWGN failed during an aerobatic display routine at Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome in Essex, UK. The pilot was able to make a gilde approach and land safely. Upon landing, the left windtip smoke generator caught alight and was extinguished by the fire service.[18]
  • July 16 – A Extra EA-300 aerobatic aircraft crashed at an airshow in Kouvola, Finland, killing the pilot.[19][20]
  • May 20 – A EF-18A Hornet of the 15th Wing of the Spanish Air Force crashed during a solo display at the Zaragoza Air Base families day after experiencing technical problems. The pilot safely ejected the plane, suffering a pelvic fracture.[21]










  • October 12 – Jon Thocker, a member of the Redline Airshows Aerobatic Team, was killed when his Van's RV-8 crashed while performing a nighttime aerobatic routine at Culpeper Airfest in Culpeper, Virginia.[47]
  • August 11 – Four people were hospitalized, one critically after a 1930s-era De Havilland Dragon Rapide biplane crashed just after takeoff during the Abbotsford, BC International Airshow, in Abbotsford, Canada.[48] The pilot's foot was amputated as a result of the accident.[49]
  • July 7 – A MiG-21 Lancer crashed at the Borcea Air Base in Southern Romania. Rather than ejecting, witnesses said the pilot "stayed on board to fly the plane away from the crowd", of which 3,000 were attending the airshow. The pilot, Florin Rotaru, was killed in the crash.[50]
  • June 2 – Dan Buchanan, a hang glider pilot, was killed during the Gunfighter Skies Air and Space Celebration at Mountain Home Air Force Base.[51] Buchanan was a wheelchair-bound aviator with more than 3,000 logged hours, who combined pilotage, music, and fire for his airshow performances.[52]
  • May 30 – Ken Johansen, a member of the GEICO Skytypers team, was killed when his SNJ-2 aircraft crashed on Long Island in Melville, New York.[53] The accident took place a week after the Bethpage Air Show.[54]
  • April 25 – Eglin Wells, an aerobatic pilot from Atlanta, Georgia, was killed when his custom-designed and -built Starjammer aircraft crashed while practicing for the Zhengzhou Air Show.[55][56]
  • April 4 – Maj Stephen Del Bagno was killed when his F-16 Thunderbird No. 4 crashed over the Nevada Test and Training Range during a routine aerial demonstration training flight.[57] Del Bagno temporarily lost consciousness during a high G-force maneuver and became incapacitated prior to his fatal crash.[58]
  • March 31 - Warbird pilot Arthur Dovey was uninjured when his Yak-3 fighter collided with ground equipment during landing from a display for the Warbirds Over Wanaka airshow.[59]
  • February 6 – a KAI T-50 Golden Eagle trainer from the Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) suffered a runway excursion and overturned during a formation take off at the Singapore Airshow. The pilot was able to extricate himself from the plane and was uninjured in the accident.[60]


  • September 24 – Capt. Gabriele Orlandi of the Italian Air Force died while performing at an air show in Terracina. The pilot did not have sufficient height to recover from a loop and his Eurofighter Typhoon crashed into the sea.[61]
  • September 2 – An Antonov An-2 crashed at an air show at Chernyoe Airport, Balashikha, Russia, after losing control while performing aerobatics, killing both pilots. The investigation found out that the Certificate of Airworthiness of the aircraft had expired in 2012. Additionally, both crew members did not have an An-2 type rating, and the aerobatics maneuvers performed by the aircraft were not allowed on the An-2.[62][63]
  • July 16 – Vlado Lenoch and passenger Bethany Root were killed when their P-51D Mustang "Baby Duck" crashed in a field in Cummings, Kansas, the day after performing at the Amelia Earhart Festival.[64][65]
  • June 23 – A F-16D used by the Air Force Thunderbirds aerobatic team ran off the runway and overturned, injuring the plane's pilot while preparing for the Vectren Dayton Air Show. Capt. Erik Gonsalves and a passenger, Technical Sgt. Kenneth Cordova, were trapped in the aircraft for over an hour. Cordova was uninjured. The investigation revealed that excessive airspeed, coupled with landing too far down a wet runway, caused the jet to leave the airstrip and flip over. Rain on the canopy windscreen and failure to follow proper braking procedures during the landing contributed to the accident.[66]
  • June 11 – A Spitfire XIX PS890 crashed on takeoff at an air show at L'aérodrome de Longuyon – Villette in northeastern France. The plane's pilot was injured in the accident, as was a spectator who was hit by shrapnel.[67][68]
  • May 28 – U.S. Navy SEAL Remington Peters (Special Warfare Operator 1st Class), a member of the United States Navy Parachute Team "Leap Frogs", died when his parachute malfunctioned and did not open while he was performing at Fleet Week New York City.[69][70]
  • May 14 – Chris Burkett, a member of the Twister Aerobatics Team, suffered minor injuries after making an emergency landing following engine failure in a Silence SA1100 Twister while participating in the Abingdon Air & Country Show in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom.[71]
  • January 28 – A pilot was forced to make a wheels up landing in the Chance-Vought F4U-5N Corsair he was flying due to a failure of its hydraulic system. The incident happened at the Hunter Valley Airshow in Rutherford, New South Wales, Australia.[72]
  • January 26 – A Grumman G-73 Mallard flying boat (VH-CQA), crashed into the Swan River in Perth, Australia during Australia Day celebrations. The pilot Peter Lynch and passenger Endah Cakrawati died on impact.[73]
  • January 14 – Pilot Dilokrit Pattavee died when his Saab JAS 39 Gripen number 70108 crashed at the Hat Yai Airshow in Hat Yai, Thailand.[74]


  • August 27 – Alaska-native pilot Marcus Paine was killed when his 450 Stearman biplane crashed during the Airshow of the Cascades in Madras, Oregon.[75][76]
  • August 14 – A pilot suffered minor injuries while ditching his Druine D.31 Turbulent in the water at the Herne Bay Air Show in Kent, UK.[77] The plane lost power after balloons released for the pilot to pop with the plane's propeller became lodged in the engine's carburettor.[78] An automatically inflating lifejacket trapped the pilot in the plane's cockpit, where he was later rescued from the sea by members of the public.[79]
  • July 22 – Aerobatic pilot Randy Harris and passenger Dale Shillington were killed when their Skybolt Biplane lost control and crashed in a field near Vance AFB in Oklahoma.[80]
  • July 17 – A T-28 biplane crashed before crowds of spectators at the Cold Lake Air Show in Alberta, Canada, killing the pilot, Bruce Evans, upon impact.[81] At the time of the accident, the plane was performing a series of manuevers when the pilot deviated from his planned performance. The aircraft began a low-altitude roll, where it began to fall, dropping over 500 feet and hitting the ground at high velocity.[82] An investigation after the accident could not find pilot error or mechanical issues to attribute to the crash.[83]
  • July 13 – Skydiver Jeffrey Antonich was seriously injured when he experienced a hard landing while performing during a privately held airshow in front of an estimated 1,000 spectators.[84] Antonich hit the ground at roughly 40–50 miles per hour at the Mesmer Family Block Party in Grand Island, New York.[85]
  • June 5 – A de Havilland Tiger Moth crashed at Brimpton Airfield near Reading, England, injuring a spectator at a fly-in to raise funds for the local air ambulance.[86]
  • June 2 – Major Alex Turner, flying Thunderbird No. 6, crashed in a field near Colorado Springs, Colorado, after performing a flyover at the United States Air Force Academy graduation ceremony. The F-16 pilot ejected and was unhurt.[87][88] A later investigation revealed that the aircraft's engine was inadvertently shutdown at the start of landing procedures when a faulty throttle trigger permitted the throttle to be rotated into an engine cut-off position.[89]
  • June 2 – Capt. Jeff "Kooch" Kuss of the Blue Angels died just after takeoff while performing the Split-S maneuver in his F/A-18 Hornet during a practice run for The Great Tennessee Air Show in Smyrna, Tennessee. Capt. Kuss ejected, but his parachute was immediately engulfed in flames, causing him to fall to his death. Kuss' body was recovered multiple yards away from the crash site. The Navy investigation found that Capt. Kuss performed the maneuver at too low of an altitude while failing to retard the throttle out of afterburner, causing him to fall too fast and recover at too low of an altitude. The investigation also found weather conditions and pilot fatigue as contributing causes to the crash.The cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head.[90]
  • May 28 – Pilot Bill Gordon died after crash landing P-47 Thunderbolt "Jacky's Revenge" into the Hudson River while attempting an emergency landing.[91][92] The plane was participating in a photo flight near the Statue of Liberty to promote the Jones Beach airshow taking place the following day.[93][94]
  • May 14 – Aerobatic pilot Greg Connell crashed and died during a performance at the Good Neighbor Day Air Show at DeKalb-Peachtree Airport piloting his self-modified Pitts-12 "Connell Model 12".[95][96][97]
  • April 17 – Guatemalan pilot Juan Miguel García Salas died when his Extra EA-300L aerobatics plane crashed in a wooded area near Aeródromo Capitán Eduardo Toledo while performing at the Cozumel Aero Show in Cozumel, Quintana Roo, Mexico.[98]


  • December 20 – Two pilots, Lt. Col. Marda Sarjono and Capt. Diwi Cahyadi, were killed when their KAI T-50I Golden Eagle crashed during a performance at the Air Force Flight School in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.[99]
  • October 18 – A skydiver was injured when he landed on a supply tent at the Wings Over Houston Air Show in Harris County, Texas. It was reported that he did not hear the order cancelling the formation jump due to high winds.[100]
  • September 12 – An Aero L-39 Albatros jet, piloted by Jay "Flash" Gordon of Louisville, Kentucky, crashed approximately two minutes after take-off at the Wings Over Big South Fork Air & Car Show in Scott County, Tennessee due to an engine loss. The pilot was pronounced dead on scene.[101][102]
  • August 29 - An aerobatic pilot was killed when his 1998 Giles G-202 single-engine plane crashed in a marshy area prior to performing in the first-ever New York Air Show at Stewart International Airport.[103]
  • August 23 – Two of three C-42b light aircraft flying in formation crashed after they touched in mid-air at an airshow in Dittingen, near Basel, Switzerland. One pilot was killed when the automatic rescue system on his plane failed to activate and the aircraft crashed into a barn.[104]
  • August 22 – 2015 Shoreham Airshow crash. A Hawker Hunter T7 (G-BXFI/WV372) crashed onto the A27 arterial road (dual carriageway) between Lancing and Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, England, while taking part in the 2015 Shoreham Airshow. Eleven people on the ground were killed and several others, including the pilot of the plane, were injured.[105] Witnesses told local TV that the jet appeared to have crashed when it failed to pull out of a loop maneuver. The pilot, standing trial in 2019 for manslaughter, claimed having become incapacitated by severe g-forces; he was acquitted of all charges.[106]
  • August 15 – Sgt. First Class Corey Hood, 32, a member of the United States Army Parachute Team "Golden Knights" team died at Northwestern Memorial Hospital one day after he was critically injured when he struck an apartment building and fell to the ground following a mid-air collision with another parachutist belonging to the United States Navy Parachute Team "Leap Frogs" at the Chicago Air & Water Show.[107]
  • August 1 – CarFest. Kevin Whyman died after his Folland Gnat T Mk1 crashed into the ground. The aircraft was carrying out an aileron roll at low level during a flying display when, at an angle of bank of 107° to the left, the nose attitude dropped relative to the horizon. The pilot reversed the direction of roll but also applied a large pitch input which increased the rate of descent, and caused the aircraft to depart controlled flight and impact with the ground.[108]
  • June 27 – Steven O’Berg died when his Pitts S2-B biplane spun into the ground at the Cameron Airshow.[109]
  • June 27 – Two people received slight injuries when a six-year-old boy accidentally started a Eurocopter EC145 medical transport helicopter that was on display at the Minnesota Air Spectacular in Mankato, Minnesota.[110]
  • February 19 – Two Zlín Z-50ZLX contacted each other mid-air while performing a wing over manuever at the Aero India Airshow in Bangalore, India.[111] Despite suffering damage in the collision, both aircraft, piloted by members of the Flying Bulls Aerobatic Team landed safely.[112]


  • September 21 – Aerobatic and air show pilot Francesco Fornabaio was killed after crashing his Extreme 3000 during the "Fly Venice 2014" airshow held at the Giovanni Nicelli Airport in Venice, Italy.[113] The accident occurred when the pilot turned off the plane's engine during a roll, and the plane did not regain altitude.[114][115]
  • July 31 – A Hawker Sea Fury crash landed while performing the penultimate display at the Culdrose Air Day, held at RNAS Culdrose, Cornwall, UK. During the performance, the plane experienced significant engine vibration and a loss of thrust. The pilot was able to land the aircraft on the runway where the landing gear collapsed and the plane veered off the runway. The pilot was able to vacate the aircraft without injury.[116]
  • June 29 – Flying Circus Aerodrome, Bealeton, Virginia – While performing a routine act in the Flying Circus Airshow, a Waco UPF-7 biplane experienced a total loss of power and was forced to make an emergency landing in an adjacent field. However, the landing roll was too fast for the pilot to safely stop the aircraft before it impacted a tree grove at the edge of the field, totally destroying the aircraft. The pilot managed to escape and walk away with minor injuries.[citation needed]
  • June 29 – The Shuttleworth Collection's Sopwith Triplane hit a fencepost on landing near the Old Warden airfield, Bedfordshire, and ended up on its nose. The pilot, Roger 'Dodge' Bailey, escaped unhurt, but the aircraft suffered wing, undercarriage and propeller damage.[117]
  • June 1 – Bill Cowden died during the Stevens Point Airshow at the Stevens Point Municipal Airport in Stevens Point, Wisconsin in his Yakovlev Yak-55M.[118]
  • May 4 – Eddie Andreini was killed during Thunder Over Solano airshow at the Travis Air Force Base in Solano County, California in his highly modified PR13D Super Stearman. The fatal accident occurred when he was attempting his signature low-altitude inverted ribbon cutting maneuver.[119][120]
  • March 7 – Tamás Nádas died at the Qatar Mile event at the Al Khor Airport in Al Khor, Qatar. The fatal accident occurred when he was doing an inverted low pass in his Zivko Edge 540. While in the inverted position, he lost control of his aircraft and plummeted to the ground.[121]


  • October 12 – Glen Dell suffered severe burns when his Extra EA-300 crashed at the Secunda Airshow in Secunda, Mpumalanga. A few hours later he died of his injuries at the local hospital.[122]
  • August 17 – An Interstate L-6 Cadet crashed during takeoff while performing at the Lancaster Community Days Air Show at the Lancaster Airport in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The pilot appears to be fine.[123]
  • June 29 – 2013 Eberswalde-Finow Zlin crash. The pilot of a Zlín Z-526AFS Akrobat participating at the Rock 'N' Race in Finowfurt, Germany died when the airplane crashed.[124]
  • June 23 – John Klatt was forced to land his MX Aircraft MXS after he experienced an engine failure. He released the aircraft's canopy, which had become coated with oil, in order to regain forward visibility to land. He suffered some minor burns and bruises, but was otherwise fine. The aircraft was in need of repairs.[125]
  • June 22 – Pilot Charlie Schwenker and wingwalker Jane Wicker were killed when Wicker's Boeing-Stearman IB75A struck the ground and burst into flames while performing at the Vectren Dayton Air Show at the Dayton International Airport in Vandalia, Ohio.[126] The fatal accident occurred when the Stearman was transitioning to a low-level inverted pass, with Wicker hanging upside down by her ankles off the lower wing (but sitting right-side up while inverted). While flying inverted from the southeast to the northwest in front of the spectators, the aircraft's nose pitched slightly above the horizon. The aircraft abruptly rolled to the right and impacted terrain in a descending left-wing-low attitude. A post-impact fire ensued and consumed a majority of the right wing and front half of the fuselage.[127]
  • May 19 – Murat Öztürk crashed his plane while participating for the weekend's Adana Air Show organized to celebrate national public holiday in Turkey.[128]
  • May 5 - Pilot Ladislao Tejedor Romero was killed when his Hispano Aviación HA-200 crashed during the accident at the Fundacion Infante de Orleans airshow, in Cuatro Vientos, Madrid.
  • April 7 – First Lieutenant Rafael Sanchez and Second Lieutenant Carlos Manuel Guerrero crashed an ENAER T-35 Pillán while participating in the Show Aéreo del Caribe in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The aircraft pulled up and rolled inverted, but failed to recover from the dive following the maneuver. The pilot rolled upright, and the aircraft impacted the water. Both pilots died.[129]
  • March 17 – Roger Stokes, who was flying a Supermarine Aircraft Spitfire Mk26, an 80% scale home-build replica of the Supermarine Spitfire, died when it crashed into a fence between two businesses in a commercial area on Frost Road in the nearby suburb of Salisbury, while completing a routine at the Classic Jets Original Parafield Airshow at Parafield Airport in Parafield, South Australia.[130]
  • January 23 – Kirby Chambliss crashed his Zivko Edge 540 while participating for the weekend's Ilopango Air Show in El Salvador. The incident happened when he was executing a formation high alpha pass and crashed at the end of the runway as the engine quit. The airplane was a total loss and Chambliss survived with bumps and bruises.[131]


  • September 29 – An AS/SA 202 Bravo piloted by Nurman Lubis and Tonny Haryono, owned by the Indonesian Aerosport Federation, crashed because the plane appeared to be flying too low during its aerobatic routine and spun "out of control" before it hit the structure at the Bandung Air Show at the Husein Sastranegara International Airport in. Both pilots died.[132][133]
  • September 11 – A highly modified Hawker Sea Fury, nicknamed "Furias," piloted by Matt Jackson made a hard emergency landing when the right landing gear collapsed and veered off the runway at the 2012 National Championship Air Races and Air Show in Reno, Nevada. The pilot was uninjured.[134]
  • September 1 – Glenn Smith, a member of the HopperFlight Team died at the Quad City Air Show while executing a crossover break maneuver when his Aero L-39C Albatros failed to pull out of a 45-degree bank and crashed when flying in formation at the Davenport Municipal Airport in Davenport, Iowa.[135]
  • August 4 – Kent Pietsch crashed his Jelly Belly 1942 Interstate Cadet immediately following the Wetaskiwin Air Show in Wetaskiwin, Alberta, Canada. Just after takeoff, the engine quit and he attempted to turn back for the runway but with insufficient altitude he landed adjacent to the runway and the aircraft hit a ditch, which ripped the wing off. Kent was taken to the hospital in stable condition. He has since returned to the airshow circuit.[136]
  • July 1 – Trevor Roche died at the Shuttleworth Military Pageant Airshow in Bedfordshire, when the 1923 de Havilland DH.53 Humming Bird G-EBHX crashed.[137]
  • June 30 – Gianfranco Cicogna-Mozzoni died at the Klerksdorp Air Show in South Africa when his Aero L-39 Albatros got into the wake turbulence of the lead aircraft and suffered a compressor stall, followed by a high-speed wing stall, before hitting the ground at a 50-degree angle. The plane exploded on impact.[138]
  • June 15 – A Christen Eagle piloted by Ryland "Buck" Roetman crashed while performing a series of outside snap rolls, when the engine lost oil pressure during a preview for the Legacy Airshow in Rexburg, Idaho. The pilot guided the airplane onto an adjacent golf course where it skidded and hit a tree. The pilot suffered a sprained ankle; the aircraft was destroyed.[139]
  • June 3 – A Fairey Firefly AS.6 WB518 suffered a landing gear collapse on runway 27R at the Wings over Gillespie airshow in El Cajon, California. The pilot was uninjured.[140]




  • September 14 - A Swift S-1 glider crashed nose first into the runway after performing an aerobatic display during the Royal Air Forces Association airshow in Shoreham, UK. The pilot suffered three broken vertebrae in the accident after the cockpit crumpled upon impact.[159]
  • September 5 – A woman was killed when a De Havilland Tiger Moth biplane crashed into spectators at an air show held at Lauf-Lillinghof Airport near Nuremberg, Germany. Thirty-eight people were injured in the accident, five of them seriously.[160] Four years later, a trial in Hersbrucker District Court determined that the cause of the crash was pilot error, finding the pilot guilty of "… fahrlässiger Tötung und fahrlässiger Körperverletzung …" (involuntary manslaughter and negligent injury)."[161]
  • July 27 – A Hawker Beechcraft 390 piloted by Jack Roush of Roush Performance crashed after stalling at low altitude arriving to the Experimental Aircraft Association's Airventure 2010 fly-in convention in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Roush was hospitalized for a fractured back, broken jaw, and the loss of his left eye, before being released from the hospital on August 12, 2010. The NTSB determined Roush to be at fault for the accident.[162][163][164]
  • June 10 - Pilot Chris Penistone was killed flying a light two-seater aircraft, whilst performing a display routine at Methley Bridge Boatyard, near Castleford, West Yorkshire. His plane crashed into the ground, as he tried to initiate a recovery from a flat spin, at a "height lower than required".
  • April 10 - 2010 Air Races Crash. A MXS-R race plane crashed into the Swan River outside of Perth, Australia prior to participating in the Red Bull Air Races. The pilot was hospitalized in stable condition, the plane was destroyed.[165]
  • April 2 – Pilot Captain Anderson Amaro Fernandes was killed when the Embraer EMB 312 Tucano he was flying as part of the "Esquadrilha da Fumaça" aerobatic team of the Brazilian Air Force crashed while performing at a ceremony in Santa Catarina, Brazil.[166] After the accident, the Brazilian Air Force temporarily suspended aerobatic shows by its Aerial Demonstrations Squadron.[167]
  • March 3 – Pilot Commander Suresh Kumar Maurya and his co-pilot Lieutenant Commander Rahul Nair were killed when the HAL Kiran aircraft they were flying crashed into a building in Hyderabad, India. The pilots were members of the Indian Navy's Sagar Pawan aerobatic team and were performing at the opening ceremony of the India Aviation Show. Apart from the two pilots, one person was killed on the ground and at least 5 others injured.[168]


  • November 14 – An English Electric Lightning of Thunder City experienced a rear fuselage fire leading to hydraulic failure while performing at Overberg Airshow in Bredasdorp, South Africa. The pilot tried to get the aircraft back to base; after failure of the canopy jettison system he was unable to use the ejection seat and the aircraft crashed killing the pilot, Dave Stock, 46.[169][170]
  • September 6 – A CAP-10B aircraft hit the ground while performing low altitude aerobatics at Brixia Airshow in Montichiari, Italy. Of the two pilots, Marzio Maccarana, 26, was killed and Paolo Castellani, 55, was injured.[171]
  • August 30 – A Sukhoi Su-27 aircraft from Belarus crashed while performing an air display at Radom Air Show in Radom, Poland. Both pilots, Col. Alexander Morfintsky and Col. Alexander Zhuravlevich, were killed in the crash.[172][2]
  • July 4 – A L-29 Delfín crashed while making low altitude passes during the July 4 Air Show in Tehachapi, California. Pilot Dave Zweigle and passenger Robert Chamberlain were killed in the accident.[173]






Smoke from a crashed Hawker Hunter at the Oregon International Airshow Hillsboro, Oregon, July 16, 2006


  • August 24 – Thunder in the Air Airshow warm-up – (Thunder Bay, Ontario) – Capt. Andrew Mackay of the Canadian Forces Snowbirds safely ejected from his aircraft.[202][203]
  • July 26 – Wittman Regional Airport (Oshkosh, Wisconsin) – Pilot Richard James was killed when his North American F-51D crashed while waiting in a holding pattern to perform a "missing man" formation flyover at an airshow.[204]
  • July 23 – Wings-over-Oklahoma Air Show (Claremore, Oklahoma) – The pilot of a Yakovlev Yak 52 was killed when he crashed inverted and the aircraft caught fire while flying over the runway.[205]
  • July 10 – Pilots Jimmy Franklin and Bobby Younkin were killed in a mid-air collision during a dogfight routine at the Saskatchewan Centennial Air Show in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. At the time of the accident, Franklin was piloting a Waco UPF-7 biplane, and Younkin was piloting a Wolf-Samson biplane, a 1980s replica of the 1948 Pitts Samson.[206][207] The pilots were performing their signature "Masters of Disaster" show, a routine which they had performed for over five years.




  • September 15 – Gunfighter Skies Air Show (Mountain Home AFB, Idaho) – Pilot error was blamed for the crash of a US Air Force Thunderbirds F-16C. The official report states that the pilot "misinterpreted the altitude required to complete the "Split S" maneuver". The pilot successfully ejected and suffered minor injuries. No other injuries were reported.[213][214]
  • September 13 - Moffett Federal Airfield (Mountain View, California) - A pilot suffered minor injuries when his Aviat Pitts S-2C biplane crashed inverted following the wing striking the ground while performing low altitude rolls.[215]
  • July 12 – Lieutenant Commander Bill Murton and Neil Rix were killed when the Fairey Firefly they were in went into a nosedive and never recovered at the Flying Legends Air Show in Duxford, Cambridgeshire, UK. The plane crashed on the eastern side of the M11 motorway.[216]
  • May 31 – Coventry Classic Airshow (Coventry, West Midlands, England) – Swedish pilot Pierre Holländer was killed when his homebuilt replica of Charles Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis aircraft crashed. The right wing of the plane broke up at altitude about 100 feet.[217]
  • March 22 – Pilot Chris Smisson was killed when his Technoavia SP-95 failed to recover from performing a loop and crashed at the Gulf Coast Salute 2003 Airshow in Panama City, Florida.[218]


  • November 10 – Pilot Joe Tobul was killed when his F4U-4 Corsair lost power and crashed in a field at the Celebrate Freedom Festival Airshow in Columbia, South Carolina. At the time of the crash, the plane was part of a flyover formation.[219]
  • October 2 – Two Ilyushin Il-38 reconnaissance aircraft collided while flying in formation during the Indian Navy's Squadron 315 "The Winged Stallions" silver jubilee celebrations at Dabolim Naval Air Base in Goa, India. 17 people were killed, including all twelve crew members on board the two aircraft.[220] Sixteen civilians were injured. The planes were flying parallel to each other in close formation in front of many naval high-ranking officials and their families when their wings touched. Both planes caught fire and crashed into a residential area, one plane landed on a house under construction, killing three construction workers instantly.[221]
  • September 29 – The pilot of a North American AT-6D was killed when his aircraft stalled and crashed, while climbing and turning, following a low level formation flyover at an exhibition held at the Pickaway County Memorial Airport in Circleville, Ohio.[222]
  • August 2 – Flight Lieutenant Tony Cann safely ejected from the Harrier GR7 he was piloting after an engine failure during the Lowestoft Seafront Air Festival in Lowestoft, Suffolk, England. He was performing a 'bow' maneuver at an approximate altitude of 50 feet over the sea at the time of the accident.[223] Footage of the air show crash was featured on various reality television shows, such as Destroyed in Seconds (2008–09) and Most Daring (2007-2010).
  • July 27 – Sknyliv air show disaster. Pilot Volodymyr Toponar and co-pilot Yuriy Yegorov of the Ukrainian Air Force demonstration team the Ukrainian Falcons ejected from their Sukhoi Su-27 after the left wing struck the ground during a low altitude roll maneuver at Sknyliv Airfield in Lviv, Ukraine. The aircraft then struck a parked Ilyushin Il-76 transport and cartwheeled into a crowd of spectators killing 77, including 28 children and injuring over 500.[224]
  • July 21 – A pilot was injured when his de Havilland Tiger Moth biplane lost altitude rapidly and crash-landed, throwing the 55-year-old pilot clear of the wreckage during a Charity Airshow for Thames Valley Air Ambulance in Berkshire, England.[225]
  • July 20 – An Italian Aeritalia G.222 transport made a hard landing which collapsed the nose landing gear at the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) airshow held in Fairford, Gloucestershire, England. A small fire erupted but was quickly extinguished. No injuries were reported.[226]
  • April 20 – Navy pilot Commander Michael Norman and radar intercept officer Marine Corps Captain Andrew Muhs were killed when their McDonnell-Douglas QF-4S+ Phantom II stalled and crashed after pulling away from a diamond formation during the Point Mugu air show in Point Mugu, California. The Navy report stated in part: "The cause of this tragic accident was the failure of the pilot to manage the energy state of the aircraft, and then to recognize a departure from controlled flight at low altitude, and apply the NATOPS recovery techniques."[227]


  • July 9 – Sarnia International Airshow (Sarnia, Ontario, Canada) – Pilot Carey Moore was killed when his newly restored Hawker Sea Fury stalled during a tight bank just east of the airport, crashing into a soybean field. Pilot Moore was about to commence his third pass when he lost power while banking to return to show centre.[228]
  • June 4 – (Rouen, France) – Pilot Martin Sargeant was killed while making an emergency landing in his Supermarine Spitfire, due to engine failure. He tried to land on the designated emergency grass strip, but it was occupied by spectators. In an attempt to turn to a hard runway, his aircraft stalled and crashed.[229][230]
  • June 3 – During the Biggin Hill Airshow a 1944 Bell P-63 Kingcobra crashed killing the pilot, former Red Arrow Guy Bancroft-Wilson. The American World War II fighter aircraft had been flying an unplanned sequence, when the pilot lost control at the top of a climbing maneuver and was unable to recover from the resulting dive. The aircraft impacted the ground to the west of the runway in a steep nose down attitude.[231] The incident was captured on video.[232]
  • June 2 – During the Biggin Hill Airshow a vintage de Havilland Vampire jet crashed, killing both pilots. The Vampire had been flying a display in tandem with a Sea Vixen, the likely cause of the accident was that the Vampire's flight path had been disrupted by wake turbulence from the larger aircraft.[233]
  • August 11 – During an airshow in Michelstadt, Germany, a Fokker Dr.1 replica triplane crashed into a field outside the show area, killing the pilot.[234] The BFU report says that the cause of the accident was a damaged piece of metal in the vertical stabilizer that broke during flight and made the vertical stabilizer, and in consequence the whole plane, uncontrollable.[235]

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