Violent Storm Hits Sun ‘n Fun Fly-In


Damage at Lakeland, Florida’s Sun ‘n Fun air show may be in the millions after a storm blew through late Thursday morning, damaging aircraft and structures on the ground. Everyone has been accounted for on-site, and there are no reports of serious injuries. Initial reports on cable news channels indicated that 70 people were trapped under a collapsed roof, but those reports appear to have been unfounded. Lakeland Police Department’s Terri Smith, whom AVweb spoke with on-site, informs us that no building have collapsed. (Some outlets are reporting that a tent collapse had temporarily trapped those inside.) Storms were still moving through the area after the initial onslaught.

Audio: AVweb‘s Russ Niles reports by phone with editor Glenn Pew. Click here to listen.

AVweb‘s Mary Grady and Lakeland police officer Terri Smith. Click to listen.

Russ Niles speaks with Sun ‘n Fun official, Jim Bernegger, Click to listen.