Tue, Sep 19, 2006
Says Planes Shouldn't Fly Over Residential Areas
One week after a mid-air collision claimed a life at
Malta's Aero-GP competition... eight groups of local
politicians have taken a stand against another airshow scheduled
there September 22-23.
The members of those eight town councils say they don't want a
repeat of last week's accident at the upcoming Malta International
Airshow -- one they say could be much worse. This time, protestors
say, the aircraft involved are flying over residential areas.
But organizers of this weekend's event say, hold on.
"The only time the planes fly over buildings is to reposition
before the next manoeuvre, a move that is called straight and
level. These planes will not be racing," said Malta Aviation
Society president Joseph Ciliberti.
"People have a right to protest," Ciliberti added, as reported
by The Times of Malta. "All I can say is that we have all the
permits in hand and we are taking all the precautions."
But council members point to the 1975 crash of a British RAF
Vulcan taking part in the show. It went down in the town of
Zabbar... killing all five crew members and a Maltese man on the
But is safety the real issue? Council members also complain
about the "terrible noise" from military planes at the event...
which protestors say disturb the elderly, and even stir unpleasant
memories of World War II for some.
Traffic management is also an issue cited by the group of eight
villages protesting the show.
This year's show is expected to go ahead as planned. As for
future shows... well, let's see what happens in the coming
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