View Full Version : Fatal Accident on Malta today

09-10-2006, 01:25 PM
A Swedish pilot crashed fatally today on Malta during Aero Grand Prix. Looks like a collision at low altitude, no chance to bail.


http://svt.se/svt/jsp/Crosslink.jsp?d=22620&a=656435&li...f_656339&lpos=lasMer (http://svt.se/svt/jsp/Crosslink.jsp?d=22620&a=656435&lid=puff_656339&lpos=lasMer)

09-10-2006, 01:35 PM
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif Dang the prop just flat cut his tail off.

09-10-2006, 01:38 PM
Dam it! Looks like the other pilot caused the accident as well. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif

09-10-2006, 01:39 PM
http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif What a horrible sight,i bet the other guy feels pretty bad ,i assume he survived as his plane flew on.
Condolensces to all

09-10-2006, 01:40 PM

09-10-2006, 01:43 PM
Originally posted by BaronUnderpants:
Dam it! Looks like the other pilot caused the accident as well. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif
Look like it. but it is not cleared yet. He succeeded to bail though.

09-10-2006, 01:43 PM
Its not Pierre Holl¤nder is it? They said the pilot killed had the world record in number of loops peformed in 60 min ( 256 loops )?

09-10-2006, 01:45 PM
I'm glad i didn't go and c it now! I went to see them yesterday at Upper Barracca gardens over Grand Harbour practising as i knew i wouldn't go today due to other commitments!...condolences to the family of Gabor Varga... ~S


Sad Regards


09-10-2006, 01:45 PM

I wonder what the accident investigators will say...

09-10-2006, 01:54 PM
bloody!!! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_mad.gif

what the meaning of flying so close that you dont have time to wave off???... and the one who's foult it was suvived.. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

ok its sad http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif i agree but its like they asked for it flying so close http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/disagree.gif

10 minutes silence from me http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-indifferent.gif

09-10-2006, 02:38 PM

I had an honour to meet him in person and chat a bit with him last year on Aero-GP in Maribor where he won the 'dogfight' discipline (flying Yak-55). He was a superb pilot.

Can't believe it.

Condolences to family.

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09-10-2006, 03:15 PM
hey all,

sad news indeed. had just finished shooting their first pass from opposite valletta when suddenly all the planes (the remaining ones) just flew higher and left the scene. the AFM chopper and boats rushed to the area and everyone started wondering (we couldn't see) what went wrong.

When i got to know it felt so shocking. It really is a terrible loss.

Was really looking forward to this show, yet i wasn't expecting anything like this at all. its a real pity.


09-10-2006, 05:14 PM
RIP Gabor Vargas, i had the pleasure of seeing him perform his routine in his Yak 55 at rebro airshow in june this year:

09-11-2006, 05:27 AM
Yeah I saw it on the news it was nasty stuff alright. A simular accident happened over Batemans Bay I believe with Two RAAF Beaufighters got together during the last half of WWII. In 2005 the Roulettes Display team also had a time and space conflict.Glad to report both pilots survived but one PC-9 had to be taken to the tip and the other to the panel beater!

09-11-2006, 11:27 AM
sad to hear about his fate - especially it seems he's not the causer of the accident. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

09-11-2006, 01:10 PM
its on youtube.com
Its very sad
RIP http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/51.gif

09-11-2006, 01:37 PM
If that gentleman had family I hope they were spared seeing that unfold live. Racing is always a dangerous sport, even on the ground with crash barriers. In planes the best you can hope for is enough time to bail. Sorry to see he didn't get that chance.

09-11-2006, 01:42 PM
Sadly it looks like both his wife and son witnessed the accident.

09-11-2006, 01:45 PM
A pic of the crash:

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09-11-2006, 04:32 PM
Sad to seed this http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif My condolance to his family...

Hmm but I´m not sure if it was the fault of the surviving pilot. In F1 you would say it´s a racing accident that "simply" happens...

The plane in front was low below the nose of the 2nd plane. The 1st plane flew a slightly other direction bringing it in the course of the 2nd... http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif Changing nothing - Sad thing http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

09-12-2006, 03:49 AM
Originally posted by smokincrater:
A simular accident happened over Batemans Bay I believe with Two RAAF Beaufighters got together during the last half of WWII.

I suspect your thinking of an incident that was filmed in 1943 when 2 Beauforts collided over Jervis Bay.

09-12-2006, 04:51 AM
I got a chance to see the practice sessions and pilot familiarization flights for the race on Friday and Saturday but (Luckily) wasn€t there for the race itself. The local news though did feature all the footage from the accident in the usual over dramatized way.

I was at work on the day and my squadron was tasked to provide SAR services to the race should an incident happen. To our total shock it did.

The pilots that participate in Aero GP push the limits the entire time at very low level. The situational awareness required must be phenomenal. You can't blame anyone in an accident like that. Flying low and fast is what the sport is about. Trying to pin the blame on a single individual would be like trying to do the same thing at the first corner of a F1 Grand Prix. These pilots are some of the best in modern day aviation and Gabor will be missed by the community at large.

09-12-2006, 05:42 AM
Originally posted by Beaufort-RAF:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by smokincrater:
A simular accident happened over Batemans Bay I believe with Two RAAF Beaufighters got together during the last half of WWII.

I suspect your thinking of an incident that was filmed in 1943 when 2 Beauforts collided over Jervis Bay. </div></BLOCKQUOTE> Yeah they were in a Vic of three. The leader and the wingman got together. The wingmans port wingtip hit the leaders tail breaking it. The leader went up and then straight down into the water,the wingman rolled over to port and crashed in the water.

Well Beauforts, Beaufighters and Batemans Bay is only down the road!

09-12-2006, 06:55 AM
I knew Gabor. We last met about 2 weeks ago, discussing how to do with hangaring a plane we share with a bunch of others (not the accident plane.) He'll be sorely missed. I was much looking forward to a few lessons with him this fall; he was not only a good aerobatic flyer, but also a very good instructor.

09-12-2006, 02:31 PM
im very sorry for the loss of such a great pilot , i was at Valletta willing to see the show which ended in a short while in a dramatic way .... I thought it wasn't that bad after seeing the first pilot waving , harmless , at the crowd then i heard the shocking news .....the worst part of it is that, according to the autopsy , he had very very bad injuries but survived the crash and drowned . Hope he was unconscious . Condolensces to his family and friends .