Sep 162011

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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…

Original Report:


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75 Reportedly Injured in Plane Crash at Nevada Air Race

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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 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.



  9 Responses to “{VIDEOS ADDED} BREAKING NEWS: Plane Crashes Into Stands at Nevada Air Race, Causing ‘Mass-Casualty Situation’”

  1. Ocala Pilot Killed, At Least 75 Injured In Nevada Air Race Crash

    A well known Ocala pilot was killed and scores of people were injured in a plane
    crash at an air race in Reno, Nevada

    ~ Ok, the pilot was 80 years old! He nose-dived. I say he was dead before he was killed from a heart attack. Geeze, racing a vintage plane @ 80? Come on now! ~ JP

    The plane spiraled suddenly out of control and appeared to disintegrate upon impact. Bloodied bodies were spread across the area as people tended to the victims and ambulances rushed to the scene.

    Maureen Higgins of Alabama, who has been coming to the show for 16 years, said the pilot was on his third lap when he lost control.

    Leeward, the owner of the Leeward Air Ranch Racing Team, was a well-known racing pilot. His website says he has flown more than 120 races and served as a stunt pilot for numerous movies, including “Amelia” and “Cloud Dancer.”

    In an interview with the Ocala (Fla.) Star-Banner last year, he described how he has flown 250 types of planes and has a particular fondness for the P-51, which came into the war relatively late and was used as a long-range bomber escort over Europe. Among the famous pilots of the hot new fighter was WWII double ace Chuck Yeager.

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  2. Official: 3 dead, more than 75 injured in Nev. air race crash, 25 critically

    ~ This sux, Maddow is the only one reporting live @ MSNBC GEEZE!

  3. Press Conference Soon

  4. FOX News Radio
    At least 12 dead in Reno air show crash.

  5. msnbc Breaking News
    LIVE VIDEO: Live: Officials provide update on Reno air races crash

  6. ‘Unbelievable Gore’ at Air Race Crash — FOX

  7. I have to JUST get this off my chest…FNC continuously is disappointing with breaking news in the evening. What does it tell you that MSNBC is the first to cover this LIVE? Then CNN. Do they NOT having anyone standing by in the FOX news crew to do late breaking news? Bah! Anderson Cooper has become the # 1 @ Breaking News. I cannot believe I am saying this about MSM. I must go get read of this pain in my head…

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