Foynes Air Show organisers pay tribute to crash victim

Foynes Air Show organisers pay tribute to crash victim

SHARE

The Yak Team take part in the main airshow as 15,000 turned up for the centrepiece of the celebrations involving up 30 different aircraft.  There was aviation magic in the skies over Foynes and huge throngs on the ground as an estimated 20,000 were on to witness two days of daredevil aerobatics display to mark the 75th anniversary of the first transatlantic commercial flight. The busiest weekend ever for Foynes was a fitting tribute to the milestone anniversary of the famous flight that saw the Pan American Airways ‘Yankee Clipper’ land at first ‘Shannon Airport’, the then seaplane port in the West Limerick town - in July 1939. Crowds attending were double what was initially expected, with tailbacks for up to 10km today in the run-up to the main airshow as 15,000 turned up for the centrepiece of the celebrations involving up 30 different aircraft.  Pic Sean Curtin Fusionshooters.
Pic Sean Curtin Fusionshooters.

The organisers of the Foynes Air Show have paid tribute to the pilot who died in a light aircraft crash in County Waterford this evening (Saturday).

The victim had been scheduled to make his second appearance at the Foynes Air Show tomorrow (Sunday), having appeared at the inaugural event in 2014.

In a statement issued this evening, Gerry Humphreys, Foynes Air Show Director said: “The pilot had taken off from Waterford and was on transit to Shannon Airport when a technical issue occurred. The aircraft crashed as the pilot was attempting to return to Waterford Airport. He was fatally injured in the crash.”

“The organisers would like to express their deepest condolences to the pilot’s family who have requested that we proceed with the Air Show. We have decided to proceed with the show and dedicate the event to our colleague’s memory,” added Mr. Humphreys.

Howard Cox (67) photographed flying a Bellanca super cruiser over Brittas, County Limerick on Saturday afternoon. Pic c/o John Drysdale
Howard Cox (67) photographed flying a Bellanca super cruiser over Brittas, County Limerick on Saturday afternoon. Pic c/o John Drysdale
SHARE