Friday, September 16, 2011
Plane Crashes at Air Show in Reno, NV
A World War II-vintage P-51 Mustang fighter plane participating in a race went out of control and crashed at a Reno air show, killing at least 3 people, injuring 56 others (15 critically), and horrifying thousands of spectators in the audience. News coverage is provided by:
UPDATE1: CNN reports that the death toll has risen to nine, and the pilot, 74-year-old Jimmy Leeward, like any good aviator, struggled mightily to avoid the bleachers, but couldn't pull up enough to avoid crashing into the ground.
UPDATE2: The Reno Gazette-Journal has an update: One more person has died (raising the death toll to 10), and some of the names of the fatalities have been released. The Daily Mail (U.K.) adds that modifications to the airplane increased speed but not safety, and the absence of the pilot's head in frames taken immediately before impact suggests that Jimmy Leeward may have blacked out.