7 dead in UK airshow crash


The jet crash at the Shoreham airshow near Worthing, England, also left one person critically injured and 14 in hospital. The BBC has more.

Seven people have died after a Hawker Hunter jet crashed into several vehicles during Shoreham Airshow.

South East Coast Ambulance Service said the victims died at the scene, while another person is critical in hospital.

The plane crashed on the nearby A27. Witnesses said it was performing a loop but could not complete the manoeuvre.

Prime Minister David Cameron sent his "heartfelt condolences" to the families and friends of those who died in the crash.

Many bystanders caught footage of the descent and its aftermath. Lee Allwright searched for survivors at the scene, but every vehicle seems hopelessly damaged: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9cw_mB2N6Eg&feature=youtu.be&t=1m35s

The Guardian has collected some of the videos being posted to the 'net.

Ray Kemp's illustrative footage shows the jet's loop from a distance. Read the rest

Virgin Galactic crash blamed on “single human error”

The National Transportation Safety Board's acting chairman, Christopher Hart, second from left, visits the scene of the SpaceShipTwo crash with pilot Todd Ericson, second from right, and NTSB investigators near Cantil, Calif., on Nov. 1, 2014. (NTSB)
Federal safety officials say the builder of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo is at fault for not anticipating the copilot error that caused the spaceship's disintegration during a test flight nine months ago.

Squirrel blamed by Canadian drivers who followed too closely

A squirrel, crossing the road in Nanaimo, British Columbia, was blamed after a driver braked hard to avoid it and was rear-ended by other vehicles. Three trucks ended up in the multi-vehicle snarlup, according to the RCMP, with one damaged so badly it had to be towed. Read the rest

Crashes from Thomas the Tank Engine

"I was bored so I decided to make a compilation of the crashes on Thomas and Friends," writes YouTube's monsterjamfan100. [via hellojed at Metafilter]

Previously: The ultraviolence of Thomas the Tank Engine was blogged about by Mark more than a decade ago. Don't miss Biggie Smalls the Tank Engine. Read the rest