Ramstein Airshow Disaster

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  1. DeathHand

    DeathHand Demolition Style Hell Canadian Freak Staff Member

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    Airshow disasters/crashes have long been a favorite topic for gore fans. This one probably ranks first among the favorites or most well known - even though it happened 29 years ago. The disaster was later eclipsed by the Sknyliv air show disaster in the Ukraine that occurred in 2002.

    Nearing the end of the Flugtag '88 airshow, the Italian aerobatics team, "Frecce Tricolori", took to the sky with 8 planes. The Frecce Tricolori were lining up to perform the "pierced heart" maneuver, 4 planes flew to the left and up, 3 planes flew to the right and up, and a solo pilot flew away from them the middle.

    The goal was that the 4 planes and the 3 planes would fly upwards in an arc, opposite each other and converge at the same point, narrowly passing each other, while the solo pilot would return and fly through them from a straight on angle.

    Ramstein, West Germany, August 28,1988.

    Set 1.

    1. Undated photos of the Italian aerobatics team in flight.
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    2.
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    3. This is where the left and right group of planes converge, to be 'pierced' by the solo plane.
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    4. Lt. Col. Ivo Nutarelli, the solo pilot, Pony 10, poses infront of one of the team's planes.
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    The formation of Italian planes split up to perform the 'pierced heart' maneuvor. As the two sides met eachother, the solo pilot came in the pierce the 'heart'. But the solo pilot came in too fast and/or too soon. The solo plane was code named "Pony 10", according to the number on it's rear rudder.

    Being early at the convergance point, Pony 10 slammed into the lead plane, Pony 1, which then collided with Pony 2 which almost completely disintegrated.

    Set 2.

    5. Pony 10 approaches the "piercing"point.
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    6. Pony 10 slams into Pony 1, which then collides with Pony 2.
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    11. Pony 10 is seen in flames on the right, the nose section sheered off.
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    Pony 10 spiraled out of control at flight speed and slammed into the spectator grounds.

    Set 3.

    12.
    air-disaster-at-flugtag-airshow-failed-pierced-heart-maneuver-12-Ramstein-W-GE-aug-28-1988.jpg

    13. Pony 10 hit 50 meters into the ground infront of the photographer.
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    14.
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    15. Pony 10 impacts the ground. Note the person at very left edge...he was a camera man.
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    16. Wider image of above. Camera man, with white hat and others hitting the ground, is still looking through his camera lens.
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    17. Jet fuel and gasoline tanks explode into a fire ball among the spectators.
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    18. Three of of the Italian jets, still flying the maneuver, pass as Pony 10 slams into the ground.
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    20. After the plane hit the ground, parts of it rolled like flaming logs into the crowd.
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    21. Pony 10 impact from a different angle.
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    Pony 1 and Pony 2 also crashed to the ground: but away from the spectators on another runway.

    The pilot of Pony 1 was killed when his chute failed to open and he hit the runway. The pilot of Pony 2 either died upon impact with Pony 1 or perished in the fireball when it crashed not far away from Pony 1.

    Set 4.
     
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    In all, the disaster took about 7 seconds. Spectators had no chance to run when Pony 10 came barreling into the ground. People were burned to death or died from being hit by wing parts, fuselage, parts, plane debris, etc.

    Set 5.

    22. At ground zero, the fire...spectators running for their lives, others buring. Note the man in the red t-shirt on the upper right.
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    23. Zoom-in view of above photo. People burning in the flames of the jet fuel.
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    24. The same scene as above. The man in the red t-shirt has returned to pick up an infant.
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    25. Zoom-in view of above photo.
    air-disaster-at-flugtag-airshow-failed-pierced-heart-maneuver-25-Ramstein-W-GE-aug-28-1988.jpg

    27. Dead, injured, survivors...man in the red t-shirt is still there.
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    28. Zoom-in of above photo. Bodies can be seen on the ground beneath the flames.
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    Once the fires had been put out and the smoke cleared, there were 70 fatalities (67 spectators and 3 pilots). In addition 346 spectators sustained serious injuries in the resulting explosion and fire, and hundreds more had minor injuries.
     
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    Tragic :( one mistake can forever change so many people's lives, the ones that were lucky enough to leave there alive
     
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    Here there everywhere
    That's a big :facepalm:
     
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    Videos of the crash



     
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    the guy in the red shirt is a FUCKING HERO! I hope that some authority recognized his bravery and compassion.
     

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