Wings & Wheels weekend to remember Shoreham victims

A ONE-minute silence will be held at the beginning of each day of this weekend’s Wings & Wheels Air Show in memory of those who tragically passed away in the Shoreham Air Show disaster on Saturday.

Held at Dunsfold Park and featuring vintage motor vehicles and aircraft from Brooklands Museum, the Wings & Wheels show will go ahead despite enforced restrictions from the Civil Aviation Authority in the wake of the recent tragedy.

A total of 11 people had been confirmed dead after a Hawker Hunter jet piloted by experienced flyer Andy Hill crashed into the A27 in West Sussex.

Officers fear that number could rise to 20 as the clean up operation continues. The pilot involved in the crash is in a
medically induced coma.

Wings & Wheels officials say they are reviewing their weekend line-up after the CAA put a ban on aerobatics for vintage jets as they carry out risk assessments for all upcoming air shows. A spokesperson from Dunsfold Park said: “We take the safety arrangements for Wings & Wheels very seriously and will be immediately implementing the new restrictions announced by the Civil Aviation Authority.

“The aviation line-up is currently under review and any changes to the show will be announced shortly.

“The CAA safety standards that must be met by all major civil air displays in the UK are among the very highest in the world.
“All air display arrangements, including the pilots and aircraft, must meet rigorous safety requirements and are
regularly reviewed to ensure they provide the highest possible levels of protection.

“Our thoughts and prayers remain with all those involved in the tragic events at Shoreham, and a minute of silence at the start of the air displays at 11.30am on Saturday and Sunday (August 29 and 30) will be held in remembrance.”

The CAA also confirmed that they are working with investigating officers to try and offer an explanation for the crash. A statement said: “Individual display pilots are only granted approval following a thorough test of their abilities.

“The CAA will continue to offer every assistance to the Air Accidents Investigation Branch as it seeks to establish the cause of the accident. The CAA will also act promptly in response to any emerging indications from the AAIB’s investigation.

“Further details will be provided in the coming days and we will continue to work with the industry to ensure the most appropriate action is taken as a result of this review.”

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