HORRIFIC CRASH at National Airshow in Reno, 3 Dead— VIDEO
At least 75 casualties – 3 Dead—
KTVN reported that 3 are dead including the pilot and at least 75 are injured.
An airplane crashed into the stands at the National Championship Air Races in Reno, Nevada tonight.
There are reports of several casualties. The pilot was 74 years old.
This is breaking video—
The AP reported:
A plane plunged into the stands at an air race event in Reno in what an official described as a “mass casualty situation.”
It wasn’t immediately known how many people were killed. But 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.
The National Championship Air Races draws thousands of people every year in September to watch various military and civilian planes race.
Local KOLO TV has more on the crash:
Multiple fatalities at the Reno Air Races after an Unlimited plane crashed into the box seats directly infront of the master of ceromony soon after take-off.
According to the Director of Communications at Renown, Kathy Carter, they are under ‘code triage’ which means extra available personnel will be called in and extra beds will be made available.
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Renown has been told to expect 80-100 injured. Right now 6 have been received but the severity of their injuries is unknown at this time.
Unlimited plane has crashed at the Reno Air Races just after 4 p.m. that has killed 12 people and injured at least 30 Friday, hitting people seated in the box seats near the grandstand.
According to witnesses pilot Jimmy Leeward was flying the Galloping Ghost, that went down soon after take-off during the beginning of the Unlimited race. It was the third lap and he was in second position when he veered skyward and crashed suddenly.
The Unlimited plane slid into the grandstand, box seats injuring dozens of spectators.