Hang Glider Accident at Mountain Home, ID Airshow

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Hang Glider Accident at Mountain Home, ID Airshow

Post by Airshow4444 » Sat Jun 02, 2018 9:33 pm

A hang glider has crashed at the Gunfighter Skies Air and Space Celebration at Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho.

At this time, the cause of the crash is unknown. Local media outlets are reporting one person was killed, but are not releasing the name at this time.

The remainder of Saturday's show, including the performance by the USAF Thunderbirds was canceled.

https://www.ktvb.com/mobile/article/new ... -560892960
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Post by Airshow4444 » Sat Jun 02, 2018 9:37 pm

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Post by awal2049 » Sat Jun 02, 2018 10:18 pm

I think it’s pretty clear who the victim was. Dan Buchanan was a featured performer, and who else flies a hang glider at air shows?

RIP in advance.

http://www.silverwingsofidaho.org/civil ... rmers.html
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Post by RyanS » Sat Jun 02, 2018 10:26 pm

Local news has confirmed it was Dan Buchanan. I agree, it was pretty obvious.

https://airshowstuff.com/v4/2018/dan-buc ... -accident/

Here's a tribute posted by the Thunderbirds

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Post by RyanS » Sat Jun 02, 2018 11:08 pm

The Gunfighter Skies airshow will continue tomorrow as a tribute to Dan:

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Post by AirshowHawk » Mon Jun 04, 2018 5:14 am

They say a picture is worth a thousand words.



That smile was always present when anyone approached him, young or old. It really does bring tears to my eyes knowing how much he loved the people. Such a genuine guy to talk to. He was dedicated to what he did. Being trained professionally in the art of pyrotechnics, alone, he spent over 12 hours sometimes before a night performance meticulously wiring and sequencing all the fireworks to the fabric of his glider.

For all the tears I have shed for you Dan, I hope you know how much you have impacted me. When it comes to overcoming the odds, you are a symbol of strength and hope. You are a hero and I wish I could have one more opportunity to speak with you in person. It almost seems like it was a habit of seeing you around in Abbotsford the last few years and it will be very bittersweet this year knowing you would have been there. Your story is an inspiration to all, blue skies my friend.
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