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UPDATE II: [Updated 8:41 p.m. ET] “There are people still being escorted out of that area with various injuries,” a spokesman for a Nevada air show said early Friday evening, shortly after a P-51 plane crashed in front of a grandstand.
Mike Draper said he’s been told there are “likely fatalities” but it has not been determined who they may be, nor whether the pilot of the “Galloping Ghost” aircraft that went down survived.
UPDATE: Per Anderson Cooper at least 7 deaths so far…
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75 Reportedly Injured in Plane Crash at Nevada Air Race
DEVELOPING: RENO, Nev. — An airplane crashed Friday at an air race here, causing what one event official described as a “mass-casualty situation,” as local media reports dozens injured.
The plane reportedly went into a nosedive and crash on or near the stands, and video of the crash showed a horrific scene of bodies and wreckage at the front of the stands.
Mike Draper, a spokesman for the air races, told The Associated Press that Jimmy Leeward was the pilot of the P-51 Mustang that crashed into the box seat area at the front of the grandstand about 4:30 p.m.
He said he did not have any information on the number of injured, but FoxReno.com cited an unnamed source putting the death toll at two so far, with about 30 people injured. KOLO, citing fire department sources, reported as many as 60 people were injured, including about 30 in critical condition.
The National Championship Air Races draws thousands of people every year in September to watch various military and civilian planes race.