Air shows can be an exhilarating and enjoyable entertainment experience for the whole family. Every year, hundred of thousands of spectators gather at airfields around the world to be dazzled by the gravity-defying high-speed stunts of the world’s best pilots.
Unfortunately, these events are not without risk to aviators and audience alike. While we would like to assume that those in the sky have total control of their vehicles, the fact is that accidents do happen, and in such extreme conditions, the results can devastating.
Air show accidents are an annual occurrence, with the most deadly of these coming only seven years ago when a Ukrainian pilot’s craft clipped the ground and cart-wheeled into the stands before exploding. The Sknyliv air show disaster resulted in the death of 85 people, including two dozen children, and the injury of 100 more.
Although greater safety precautions are usually taken at events in the U.S., with spectators positioned significantly farther away from the action, the possibility of harm to those looking on remains. When the daring pilots at these events are forced to eject or lose control of their craft, there is no accounting for where the plane, traveling at hundreds of miles per hour, might eventually end up. At a recent event in Oregon, a stunt pilot was killed when his craft crashed into a residential home near the show.
If you or a loved one has been affected by an air show accident, contact the Green Bay personal injury lawyers at the law office of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, today by calling 800-242-2874 to learn whether you may be entitled to compensation for another party’s negligence.