Originally Posted by notharrypotter
We are applying 2000+ standards to the 1990's.
In 1990 things were a lot less regulated and "security" did not command the power it has today.
An airshow was a huge deal. But organization and foresight were not respected or properly appreciated in Ireland at the time.
Meanwhile in 2007. From RTÉ News
The Royal Air Force helicopter was being piloted by a 35-year-old man.
A report from the Air Accident Investigation Unit found that 400 members of the public were in the aircraft over several hours as the crew prepared to perform a static display.
The door fell from the helicopter which was hovering at around 40m over the public park close to the promenade at Salthill in Galway.
In the report, three spectators give accounts of the door falling to the ground.
A woman attending the airshow told inspectors that the door hit her in the chin before she fell to the ground.
The investigation team found that the event was not malicious but occurred as a result of, 'a mindless act of curiosity on the part of an unknown spectator.'
It also found that a contributory factor was the failure of the flight crew to detect the unsecured condition of the emergency exit during a pre-flight inspection.