The combination of pilot error and flying at low altitudes is, by far, the biggest cause of crashes at air shows and races.
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Air Show Performer Fatalities
Since 2000, 36 performers have died at air shows in the United States. Conditions have improved through the years. For example, 37 performers died in the three-year span from 1988-90. No spectators have died at air shows since the 1950s.
Source: International Council of Air Shows
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STAYING WITH THE STORY
The Dayton Daily News assigned several reporters to cover last week’s crash at the Dayton Air Show. We’ve followed up with stories examining the aftermath of the crash that claimed two lives.