Moment pilot and passenger eject before fighter jet crashes at air show
Footage has captured the moment a pilot and crew member managed to safely eject a vintage fighter jet before it crashed at an air show.
The MiG-23 went down during the Tunder Over Michigan Air show in the US shortly before 4pm yesterday, Wayne County Airport Authority have said in a statement.
It crashed into a parking lot, hitting a number of unoccupied vehicles at an apartment complex in Belleville, about 30 miles west of Detroit, causing a huge plume of smoke.
The a pilot and a ‘backseater’ crew member who ejected the Soviet fighter plane escaped serious injury but were taken to hospital, officials said.
It’s believed they were recovered from a lake.
There were no reports of injuries on the ground.
The air show was hosted by the Yankee Air Museum in Belleville, which posted an update on Facebook saying the event was being paused after the wreck.
‘Ladies and Gentlemen, we have a situation that requires us to stop the show,’ they wrote.
‘Please make your way into your vehicles and calmly make your way out of the airfield.’
‘Please be patient as we control traffic around the area.’
The pilot declared an emergency shortly before the pair ejected, the Mirror reports.
The Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement that the agency will investigate with the National Transportation Safety Board.
In November last year six pilots died after two World War II-era planes collided mid-air during a commemorative Veterans Day show in Dallas.
Five of the pilots were travelling on board a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress bomber when it struck a P-63 Kingcobra, which was carrying the sixth pilot.
Thousands of horrified onlookers witnessed the devastating incident.
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