It seems to happen quite often, at airshows and test flights: one second, it's an F-18 hornet. The next second, it's a ball of flame, along with four others that were flying along with it. My chemistry teacher literally saw a deHavilland Dragonfly plow into a lake as it tried to pitch up from a dive.
And yet, when that happens, no one gives a crap about the pilots. Videos of the event are usually formatted as fail compilations, or just "so this happened" events. The news doesn't really mention names. When a Tu-144 folded in half in an airshow in Paris, the pilots were probably in complete agony, and yet I couldn't find any info on them. Or take a look at any video that displays a small error-gone-wild in an airshow; the pilots there are (were) what, 30 years old? They probably were extremely frantic as they were trying to stabilise their plane, and were utterly conscious in the moments before the crash, and yet, they ended up being pulverised, or turned into meat jerky, or worse- getting thrown out of the canopy, arms flailing and screaming for their lives.
So what's up with this nonchalant attitude towards them? Why does no one make an effort to at least remember these pilots?