Battle of Britain Spitfire Flyover Cancelled

  • Sep 6, 2015 9:05pm GMT

Organizers of a Battle of Britain 75th Anniversary event have cancelled a flyover featuring 20 vintage Spitfires due to skyrocketing insurance costs.

Private pilots intended to flyover London September 20 as part of the activities but the recent air show accident in Shoreham which killed 11 people dramatically increased the cost of third party insurance. According to the Telegraph organizers were told they would need third party insurance cover of £250 million, which would have required a premium of around £50,000.

Paul Beaver, event organizer, told the Telegraph, “The intention was that 20 privately-owned Spitfires would fly over London to mark the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. We had started the planning in March, and had applied to the Civil Aviation Authority and even the Prime Minister to get the go-ahead."

He explained,“The route we were going to take would have made sure there was always somewhere for an aircraft to land if it got into difficulties, and usually the individual owners’ aircraft insurance, which provides £5 million of third party cover per aircraft, would have been enough. But after Shoreham we took soundings from an insurance expert who advises the air shows, and he said the feedback he was getting from underwriters was that we would need to take out £250 million of insurance cover, which made the whole thing untenable."

Air Show organizers throughout Britain hope insurance companies will take a more practical perspective without making it cost prohibitive for air shows next year. More on the Hawker Hunter Crash in Shoreham