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March 31, 2011

Tornado Hits Sun n’ Fun Airshow in Florida, Flipping Planes and Injuring Spectators

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UPDATE 2:00PM ET: Earlier reports that a hangar had collapsed onto spectators have been confirmed false, according to BNO News. New info below.

A tornado tore through Lakeland-Linder Regional Airport in central Florida Thursday, flipping over planes tent filled with revelers attending the annual Sun n’ Fun Fly-in and Expo, according to reports. Fox News says seven people suffered minor injuries.

Sun n Fun tornado damage Lakeland Airport Florida

Image from the scene indicates extensive damage to aircraft. Photo by NewsCut, via YFrog

Funnel cloud photographed from Odessa, FL, possibly the twister that hit Lakeland. (Photo by TampaBayTraffic, via TwitPic)

Damaged planes litter the airfield at Lakeland

Damaged planes litter the airfield at Lakeland. (Photo by tomhaines29, via TwitPic)

Up to 70 people are trapped in the collapsed hangar, according to local media reports. There is no word on their condition at this time.

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  • Friday is not the correct day.

  • Planes can be replaced, just hope all Humans are OK ! ! Weather (pun) it is Friday or not ?

  • Planes can be replaced, just hope all Humans are OK ! ! Weather (pun) it is Friday or not ?

  • Planes can be replaced, just hope and pray all Humans at Sun N Fun are OK? Weather (pun) it is a Friday or not ??

  • Planes can be replaced, just hope and pray all Humans at Sun N Fun are OK? Weather (pun) it is a Friday or not ??

  • Anonymous

    Not a good day for aviation.

  • There goes the fun!!! HT

  • Anonymous

    How sad!!

  • Anonymous

    Their planes would probalby had a much better chance of surviving if they were oufitted with 140 MPH Angled Tie-Down Rings manufactured by http://www.aeromechtech.com for only $198. Also need 5,000 Lb tie down straps but alot less than $100,000+damage!

  • Cant access images…why?

  • Cant access images…why?