Scottish Airshow to go ahead in wake of Shoreham

Organisers of the Scottish Airshow have confirmed that it will go ahead as planned in a forthnight’s time.

The damaged remains of the fuselage of a Hawker Hunter fighter jet are lifted by crane . Picture: Getty
The damaged remains of the fuselage of a Hawker Hunter fighter jet are lifted by crane . Picture: Getty

He said that all the flying would be done over water at the event which is due to take place over the weekend of September 5 and 6.

A flying event on Saturday will take place over the sea, off Low Green at Ayr. Meanwhile an exhibition of aircraft will be held the following day at Prestwick Airport.

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It is understood that more than 50,000 spectators are expected to attend over the two days.

Mr Maclean said: “We don’t plan to have anything over land at all.

“The Scottish Airshow is based in Ayr at the moment because it’s a very safe and very friendly environment to operate in.

“The flying is done offshore and in controlled airspace.”

It is feared that the death toll at the Shoreham airshow could reach 20.

A statement on the Scottish Airshow’s website reads: “We are a professional airshow company and we work with many magnificent people who put airshows together and display standards that we all aspire to reach.

“We also have families and friends who can be touched by tragedy.

“While we await the outcome of the initial investigation of the Shoreham crash we would like to send our condolences to everyone involved.

“We would also like to offer our support for those who work and live around Shoreham. In these shocking days we are thinking of them all.”

A host of other air shows are also due to go ahead, including the Battle of Britain 75th anniversary show in Duxford, Cambridgeshire, where the Shoreham tragedy pilot Andy Hill was set to fly his crashed Hawker Hunter.

Organisers at Wings and Wheels in Dunsfold have also stated that the event will go ahead as planned on Saturday and Sunday.

The Clacton air show in Essex will take place on Thursday and Friday.

Tendring District Council, which runs the show, said it had been in contact with flight consultants and the majority of aircraft flying at the show would be over the sea.

Meanwhile, organisers of the Little Gransden Air and Car show in Cambridgeshire said this weekend’s flying display will go ahead, and a spokesman for the Durham Tees Valley Air Show said a minute’s silence would held in tribute to the Shoreham victims at the event on Saturday.