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Air show called off after tragedy; Air show called off.

Byline: Keiran Southern Reporter

ANORTH East air show has been postponed following the Shoreham Air Show disaster. The Durham Tees Valley Airshow was supposed to take place this Saturday, but has now been pushed back to May 28, 2016.

Event organisers Skylive Events announced the decision after restrictions enforced by the Civil Aviation Authority would have affected some of the day's events.

Regulators said vintage jets would no longer be allowed to perform "high-energy aerobatics" over land at air shows after the Shoreham crash.

The Civil Aviation Authority said such planes would be "limited to flypasts", and all Hawker Hunter jets - the plane involved at Shoreham - have been temporarily grounded.

Vintage aircraft including a Cold War Vulcan bomber jet were due to fly at the show.

Earlier in the week, Skylive had said the event at Durham Tees Valley Airport would go ahead and start with a minute's silence for the victims of the Shoreham disaster, in which 11 people died.

But it has now been confirmed the show will not take place.

Chris Petty of Skylive said: "Obviously this is not a decision we have taken lightly because we appreciate that thousands of people were looking forward to having a great day out this Saturday.

"We had put together an excellent programme of events but clearly the tragedy at Shoreham has forced us to Turn to Page 4 From Page 1 consider very carefully whether it would be right to go ahead.

"Together with the airport we have come to the conclusion that in the aftermath of Shoreham, especially the restrictions announced by the CAA which would have seriously limited the flying displays of the jet aircraft scheduled to take part - including the Avro Vulcan and the aircraft from the Swedish Air Force Historic Flight - it would have signifi-cantly reduced the quality of the central element of the event.

"That is why we have reluctantly taken the decision to postpone the show until next May when hopefully we will know the outcome of the review of civil air display safety which the CAA has now begun."

Tickets issued for this weekend will remain valid for next May and details will be announced shortly for anyone seeking a refund.

Durham Tees Valley Airport Manager Shaun Woods said: "Everyone who has put so much time and effort into preparing for the air show feels deeply disappointed that, as a result of circumstances which no-one wished had happened and nobody could have foreseen, we have had to take this difficult decision.

"However, together with Skylive, we feel it is the right decision. Safety always has to be our primary concern and we feel the best course of action is to await the outcome of the CAA review and any further measures that may be considered necessary."

Thousands of spectators watched on in horror at the Shoreham Air Show as a Hawker Hunter plane smashed into the A27 in West Sussex on Saturday.

The plane hit at least four cars when a stunt went wrong, and police have so far confirmed the deaths of 11 people. The pilot, Andrew Hill, has been moved to a specialist hospital for treatment.

West Sussex County Council's senior coroner Penny Schofield said the formal identification of the victims has begun.

But the plane crashed with such force that specialists - including forensic archaeologists, anthropologists, odontologists and pathologists - are having to examine the DNA, teeth and human remains to discover who was killed in the disaster amid fears that the toll may yet rise.


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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Aug 27, 2015
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