The World : Jets Crash at Show; 2 Die
Two vintage British jet warplanes collided in the air before more than 100,000 spectators at an air show at Mildenhall, England, sponsored by the U.S. Air Force. Two British airmen died and two others were slightly injured after parachuting from their stricken craft, the Ministry of Defense said. The two Royal Air Force jets--a Gloster Meteor and a De Havilland Vampire--were taking part in Air Fete ’86, one of the largest air shows in the world. The Meteor, a twin-jet fighter, crashed on a road just outside the base, killing the two crew members. The Vampire, a single-engine fighter, crashed in a field after its two crewmen bailed out.