Blue Angels pilot dies

first_imgBEAUFORT, S.C. – A Navy Blue Angel jet crashed during an air show Saturday, plunging into a neighborhood of small homes and trailers and killing the pilot. Eight people on the ground were injured, and several homes were damaged. Witnesses said the planes were flying in formation during the show at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort about 4 p.m. when one dropped below the trees and crashed, sending up clouds of smoke. Raymond Voegeli, a plumber, was backing out of a driveway when the plane ripped through a grove of pine trees, dousing his truck in flames and debris. He said wreckage hit “plenty of houses and mobile homes.” “Our squadron and the entire U.S. Navy are grieving the loss of a great American, a great Naval officer and a great friend,” Walley said. Kasper said all possible causes of the crash are under investigation, and it could take at least three weeks for an official cause to be released. John Sauls, who lives near the crash site, said the planes were banking before one disappeared and a plume of smoke shot up. “It’s one of those surreal moments when you go, `No, I didn’t just see what I saw,”‘ Sauls said. The Blue Angels fly F/A-18 Hornets at high speeds in close formations, and their pilots are considered the Navy’s elite. They don’t wear the traditional G-suits that most jet pilots use to avoid blacking out during maneuvers. The suits inflate around the lower body to keep blood in the brain but could cause a pilot to bump the control stick – a potentially deadly move when flying inches from other planes. Instead, Blue Angels manage G-forces by tensing their abdominal muscles. The last Blue Angel crash that killed a pilot was in 1999, when a pilot and crewmate were killed while practicingat a base in Georgia. More than 100,000 people had been expected at Saturday’s show. The elite team is based at Pensacola Naval Air Station. The 2007 team has a new flight leader and two new pilots; Blue Angel pilots traditionally serve two-year rotations. Kasper said the team would return to Florida on this afternoon. “We will regroup,” he said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “It was just a big fireball coming at me,” said Voegeli, 37. “It was just taking pine trees and just clipping them.” Witnesses said metal and plastic wreckage – some of it on fire – rained into the neighborhood about 35 miles northwest of Hilton Head Island. The crash occurred during the final minutes of the air show, said Lt. Cmdr. Anthony Walley, a Blue Angel pilot. The pilots were executing a maneuver that called for all six planes to join from behind the crowd and form a Delta triangle, said Lt. Cmdr. Garrett D. Kasper, spokesman for the Blue Angels. One plane did not rejoin the formation. Walley said the name of the pilot would not be released until relatives were notified. A Navy statement said the pilot had been on the team for two years. last_img

Davis signs new Southampton deal

first_img Southampton midfielder Steven Davis 1 Southampton midfielder Steven Davis has extended his contract until 2018, the club have confirmed.The 29-year-old had entered the final 18 months of his contract and there were rumours that his time at the club could be coming to an end.But Davis has quashed those suggestions by committing his future to the south coast club, where he arrived from Rangers back in 2012.The Northern Irishman told the club’s official site: “I’m delighted to have signed a new contract. I’ve enjoyed my football since I came here and the club is progressing.“I’d like to win trophies and continually try to improve our league position, and I feel we can do that at this club.”last_img

IATBA believe student boxer fabricated European title

first_imgLYIT student Ethan Ó Domhnaill claims to have won a European College lightweight title in England, however according to IABA, no such championships took place, and assert that Ó Domhnaill therefore fabricated his title.Speaking to Chris McNulty of Donegal Sport Hub, Peter O’Donnell, the President of the Donegal Boxing Board said; “There were no European College Championships on this week and the Irish Athletic Third-Level Boxing Association (IATBA) have not had any boxers away on representative duty.“I have checked the records and there is no possible way that this man could have boxed this week. He could not have stepped into a ring as he has no medical card and has no affiliation. “He claimed to have boxed twice in the one day but, of course, under amateur boxing rules, this could not have happened.“There are other boxers out there, working, training and fighting trying to earn funding and to have this happening on our door step and potentially damaging their chances is not on.“I contacted this man (Ó Domhnaill) myself this morning, but when he realised who I was he immediately hung up. It is clear what is happening here and it is very concerning.“The Colleges Championships have not yet taken place and when they do it will be under the auspicies of the IATBA. There is no record of these so-called Championships this week anywhere and I would ask that this man apologise for what he has done. “I will be contacting LYIT to make them aware of the situation and last night at the Senior Championship finals in Dublin I made the IABA officials aware of what had happened.”IATBA believe student boxer fabricated European title was last modified: November 28th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:boxingdonegal boxing boardethan o domhnaillpeter o donnelllast_img read more