smeagol167 From United States of America, joined Sep 2011, 5 posts, RR: 0 Posted (2 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2682 times:
After the two recent airshow tragedies, I saw someone make a comment to the effect of with airshows as dangerous as they are it is amazing people still go to them. That of course made me wonder how dangerous are airshows. Does anyone have a fatality rate of airshows world wide? Conversely does anyone know the number of airshows worldwide, the average attendance, and/or the number of people killed in airshows (air and ground)? Any information on the subject would be appreciated.
FlexJetOKC From United States of America, joined Feb 2011, 54 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (2 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2516 times:
Well, in my personal opinion, the Reno Air Race is not an air show, its an air race which is different from an air show. Airplanes flying well over 400+ mph close together around a circuit is completely different from the Blue Angels lets say. The BA's flights are constantly practiced, rehearsed, and choreographed while the Reno Air Race is pretty much a "free for all" around the circuit. Airshows are safe I believe but accidents do happen. About your question regarding the fatality rate, it obviously depends widely on the circumstances you are referring to but it is very low.
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