BADA com­ment on the Shoreham crash

Pilot - - PILOT NOTES -

Coin­ci­dent with pub­li­ca­tion of the AAIB re­port of the Shoreham Hunter (‘Safety Mat­ters’, p.73) the Bri­tish Air Dis­play As­so­ci­a­tion (BADA) is­sued the fol­low­ing state­ment:

‘BADA hopes that [the re­port] will now pro­vide a de­gree of un­der­stand­ing and clo­sure for the fam­i­lies in­volved, to whom we have of­fered our con­tin­ued sym­pa­thies and sin­cere con­do­lences. [It] trusts that this will now en­able a speedy con­clu­sion to any fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tions and en­able the coro­ner to ful­fil due process. [BADA notes] that the AAIB found no con­clu­sive causal fac­tors aris­ing from either main­te­nance or or­gan­i­sa­tional is­sues [and] recog­nises, as with so many hu­man en­deav­ours, that hu­man fac­tors played a con­sid­er­able part in this tragic ac­ci­dent

‘[BADA] be­lieves that the man­age­ment team of the Shoreham Air­show col­lec­tively de­liv­ered an event in ac­cor­dance with all CAA guid­ance and reg­u­la­tions ex­tant at the time. BADA is an or­gan­i­sa­tion com­mit­ted to im­prov­ing safety and stan­dards so we look for­ward to en­gag­ing with any DFT re­view of UK air dis­play fly­ing called for in the re­port, not­ing that a huge amount of work has al­ready been un­der­taken to iden­tify mea­sures to en­hance safety and that great care must be taken to en­sure any new reg­u­la­tion gen­uinely de­liv­ers im­proved safety. BADA hopes that such a re­view will build upon the sixty-plus years of safely de­liv­ered air­shows in the UK [and] recog­nise the vi­tal con­tri­bu­tion the air dis­play com­mu­nity has made to in­spir­ing young peo­ple into… ca­reers in aero­space and de­fence, en­er­gis­ing and enriching lo­cal economies, and rais­ing vast amounts for char­i­ties. Around six mil­lion spec­ta­tors a year have en­joyed air dis­plays in the UK and, whilst recog­nis­ing that both the reg­u­la­tory and man­age­ment regimes must con­tinue to keep safety is­sues un­der the clos­est re­view, BADA fer­vently be­lieves that the pop­u­lar­ity of air­shows and the crit­i­cal na­tional pur­pose they serve must be pre­served.’

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