CNN World News

British bomber crashes during air show

September 2, 1995 -- 8:00 p.m. EDT

[Crashing plane] TORONTO, Canada (CNN) -- A British bomber crashed into Lake Ontario Saturday while performing at an Canadian air show. The plane was making a low-flying turn when it hit the water and broke apart, killing all seven crew members. (1.4M QuickTime movie and 0.9M QuickTime movie)

Thousands of horrified spectators watched from the shore as the four-engine Royal Air Force Nimrod jet swooped low and then crashed. One witness said that as the plane made the low turn, its engines stopped.

The aging plane, used for anti-submarine patrols, had no pilot-ejection equipment, the spokesman said.

The Canadian Press news agency quoted unconfirmed reports that there were at least seven people on board the plane. The bomber was part of the Canadian National Exhibition air show.

Rescue boats and helicopters were on the scene within minutes. Divers and life jackets were seen among the remnants of the craft in the water. The Nimrod apparently was demonstrating its ability to avoid heat-seeking missiles when it crashed.



[Imagemap]
| CONTENTS | SEARCH | CNN HOME PAGE | MAIN WORLD NEWS PAGE |

Copyright © 1995 Cable News Network, Inc.
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.