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Sunday, 3 June, 2001, 18:58 GMT 19:58 UK
Timeline: Air show crashes
Nimrod similar to the one that crashed
Seven crew from a Nimrod died at a Canadian air show in 1995
The fatalities at Biggin Hill International Air Fair are not the first involving British pilots at air shows.

On a number of occasions in the UK and abroad thousands of spectators have watched terrible events unfolding before them.

18 August 2000: Former Red Arrows pilot Ted Girdler dies after his L29 Delfin jet plunges into the sea off Eastbourne during the Airbourne 2000 air show.

Air accident investigators were puzzled why Mr Girdler was unable to pull up during what should have been a "low risk diving roll".

Police divers were initially unable to find the wreckage of the 62-year-old's plane, hampered by the resumption of the air show after two hours.

6 June 1999: Top British test pilot Graham Wardell was killed in Slovakia after his Aerospace Hawk 200 military jet came down during aerobatics.

The plane exploded when its wing hit the ground after failing to pull out of a low turn at a show at the Milan Rastislav Stefanik airport in Bratislava.

A female spectator was blown off the roof of a nearby building by the force of the explosion and died later of her injuries. Three others were injured.

9 August 1998: More than 3,000 spectators watched a fatal crash at an air show in Norfolk.

The pilot died after his single-seat wooden plane fell out of the sky at Swanton Morley airfield, near East Dereham, Norfolk.

He had not been carrying out aerobatics.

14 July 1996: Decorated former RAF squadron leader and Britannia Airways pilot Michael "Hoof" Proudfoot dies as his Lockheed P38 Lightning cartwheels and bursts into flames.

The 54-year-old had been on a low-level flypast in the vintage US World War Two plane in front of 13,000 people at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford, Cambridgeshire.

2 September 1995: Seven crew from RAF Kinloss in Scotland die when their Nimrod crashes at an air show in Canada.

The aircraft careered into Lake Ontario at 230mph at the end of a routine display in front of thousands of spectators.

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