Privately-owned ex-RAF Hawker Hunter T7A (RAF code WV318, civil registration G-FFOX) flies with privately-owned ex-RAF Gloster Meteor NF11 (RAF code WM167, civil registration G-LOSM) at Kemble Air Show, England in 2009 (Image (PB) Adrian Pingstone)

UK aviation authority: restriction on vintage jets

The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has restricted display flights by ‘vintage jets’ to just flypasts in response to Saturday’s deadly crash during the Shoreham airshow, a statement released on Monday 24 August says. Hawker Hunter jet such as the one that caused the tragedy, are grounded.

“Flying displays over land by vintage jet aircraft will be significantly restricted until further notice. They will be limited to flypasts, which means ‘high energy’ aerobatics will not be permitted”, the CAA states. The press release doesn’t say which aircraft types qualify as ‘vintage jets’, but aircraft such as Folland Gnat and Hunter are likely to be regarded as such.

Meanwhile, the investigation into the cause of the crash is ongoing. The death toll remains at eleven. Earlier, the investigators said the number of fatalities could rise as some were thought to be under the airplane wreckage. That proved to be not the case.

© 2015 Airheadsfly.com editor Elmer van Hest
Featured image: Privately-owned ex-RAF Hawker Hunter T7A (RAF code WV318, civil registration G-FFOX) flies with privately-owned ex-RAF Gloster Meteor NF11 (RAF code WM167, civil registration G-LOSM) at Kemble Air Show, England in 2009 (Image (PB) Adrian Pingstone)