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Old 09-16-2011, 08:28 PM   #1
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Default P51 goes into bleachers at Reno air race

Live feed from KOLO

http://ww2.kolotv.com/global/video/f...ed&rnd=8922150

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http://www.mynews4.com/news/local/st...z4QsIoZ1A.cspx

BREAKING: Plane Down into the Stands at Reno Air Races

Updated: 5:08 pm
RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) - Breaking News: Plane Reported down at Reno Air Races.

It has been confirmed the Unlimited P 51 mustang plane "Galloping Ghost" piloted by Jimmy Leeward from Florida has gone into the stands during Race 77.

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12 dead, 30 injured.
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Old 09-16-2011, 08:52 PM   #2
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"Reno air race crash update: Medical official tells AP more than 75 injured, 25 critically; no word on deaths; KOLO says 12 dead"

"Reno air race crash update: eyewitness says '1 guy cut in half, blood everywhere' in 'mass casualty event'"

More at http://www.rgj.com/article/20110916/...ship-Air-Races
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Old 09-16-2011, 08:58 PM   #3
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I just talked to my landlord on the phone, and he said he was going to Reno this weekend with some buddies, presumably for the air races. I am glad he is still here.
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Old 09-16-2011, 09:00 PM   #4
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From what I'm reading and seeing, this is very, very bad. There are reports of people being cut in half and the ground littered with "body parts".
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I just caught video on the news - moment of impact blocked by a bystander's head but oh my word. Debris flying everywhere. The poor pilot augered staight in.

What a horrible horrible thing to happen at what should be a throughly awesome & fun event.
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Old 09-16-2011, 09:13 PM   #6
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There's going to be hell to pay over this. There were fatal crashes in 2007 and 2008 as well. There was discussion at the time that the race was just too dangerous.

One of the tweets I read ID'd the pilot and gave his age as 80. It's going to be hard to tell what caused the crash, even with all the video of it.
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Old 09-16-2011, 09:16 PM   #7
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Horrific.

Catbird if you are correct and that pilot was 80, you're right there will be hell to pay.
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Huffington Post is reporting that the pilot's facebook page says "Jimmy been racing airplanes since the mid-seventies...".

So I don't know if he's 80 but I'd say that he's no spring chicken.

ETA: KOLO-TV seems to be confirming it via Twitter:

"Reno air races: Well-known pilot Jimmy Leeward, 80, of Ocala, Fla., died in crash; hospital reports 2 dead"
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Old 09-16-2011, 09:33 PM   #9
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doesn't show the crash and the volume is a little too loud,




Video during the race, sorta shows the crash.

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Old 09-16-2011, 09:58 PM   #10
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Presser supposed to start within a few minutes. I think CNN will be carrying it.
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CNN will carry it - waiting for it now. Crashed into corporate boxes - might be some well known names among the dead/injured.
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Huffington Post and now CNN are reporting that FAA staff were on the ground observing the race/show. Also NTSB are on scene, or may have already been there along with the FAA.
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OMG that was HORRIBLE!!
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Here is a live feed from local KOLO tv.

http://ww2.kolotv.com/global/video/f...ed&rnd=8922150
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via Twitter: Witnesses say that the PA announcer at the race said, "Turn your children away" right before the plane crashed.

I just got chills when I read that.
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via Twitter: Witnesses say that the PA announcer at the race said, "Turn your children away" right before the plane crashed.

I just got chills when I read that.

ok, that did me right in
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Presser being held right now.

CNN reporting that Reno police are saying that 9 people were killed. 7 fatalities "out on the tarmac".

ETA: From Reno Gazette Journal:
"12:59 p.m. update: The NTSB knows that part of the tail is missing on the aircraft that crashed. They have recovered something that may be the part that came off, but have confirmed it was from the aircraft. But they caution people not to draw any conclusions."
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Imagine how much worse it had been if Leeward had been unable to turn the aircraft so it just hit the edge of the tarmac, and instead plowed right into the center of the stands. I suspect that there are going to be some big changes next year. I think that they will move the race farther out from the stands.
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Hell, lets face it. If the promoters of air racing could sell tickets right under the pylons, they would . . . and lots of people would buy them. Better still they should put the high price boxes on the pylons.
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I spotted this pic through MSNBC..,



Shows a possible missing trim-tab on the tail.
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Another vintage plane crashes at air show

West Virginia, this time with a fireball.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-09-1...site=newcastle
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I spotted this pic at CBC News

"Reno crash probe focuses on piece of plane"

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Three from Washington state feared dead in Reno air crash

http://www.nwcn.com/news/Three-from-...130070078.html
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"Nevada wreckage yields memory cards, possibly from downed plane"

"Investigators...have recovered memory cards that could be from recording devices on the downed plane, officials said on Sunday.

...But the plane, in a development that could help the investigation, had apparently been equipped with an outward-facing video recorder and would have also streamed real-time data to the racing team before the crash."
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