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With the recent tragic accident in Reno where a WWII-era stunt plane crashed killing nine people, and as of 2:30 this afternoon, another stunt plane crashed at the Martinsburg, WV airshow(which is right next to my house), does anyone else feel that airshows are becoming too dangerous to be around spectators?
I ask because I almost took my kids to this very airshow today but took them to a pumpkin patch instead while planning on taking them tomorrow. I couldn't imagine if I would have taken them and they witnessed a tragedy like that. How could you even explain such a situation to two small children?
No. I have been to several Airshows in my area and never seen a mishap happen.
Airshows have always had an element of danger. So has driving a vehicle. No one is forced to go the show. No one crashes by choice. It will happen again, someday, somewhere. If you don't want to be a victim, don't go. That doesn't mean others should be deprived of the opportunity.
The point of air shows is that they are dangerous, we admire the skill and courage and performance of the planes. It is the same with motor racing - watching cars go round and round a track would hardly draw such crowds without the possibility of crashing.
Children should not be cocooned and should be exposed to real life and if things go wrong it is your job to explain it to them. It is the cotton wool wrapped existence of so many people that allows wars to go on in distant places out of your sight and mind. Your kids should know that people get actually killed in these situations to keep them in touch with reality as they get older.
As an illustration - it is hard to believe how many new servicemen huddle in the corner crying when the bullets start actually flying around, they usually are muttering something like "I didn't know it would be like this !!" Everyone should know it is like that and read their news and place their votes with that in mind.
I undertsand your point and you are exactly right. Kids need to understand these situations happen. But my question mainly refers to the danger of the spectators as the crash in Reno crashed right into the stands. Now I understand people know the dangers and thrills of stunts but I feel they should have these stunt pilots a certain ways away to avoid more tragedys such as this.
Thank you paradigmsearch...I understood everything you just said
You have mislaid your pills again haven't you ?? they are usually near the glass you keep your teeth in at night. Otherwise a brisk walk around the block to break the computer boredom cycle is highly recommended
It does seem like there have been a lot of crashes at airshows lately. Just last month in Kansas City a pilot died when his stunt biplane crashed.
I don't understand why planes are allowed to fly so close to the crowds at airshows, it seems like unnecessary risk.
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