N E W   W E B   S I T E   "WORLD AIR WAR HISTORY"
 
  
 
 

WORLD AIR WAR HISTORY


 
  HOME > Exercise & Airshow News >

3-Plane crashes at Nevada air race, at least 3 dead

3-Plane crashes at Nevada air race, at least 3 dead

A vintage World War Two fighter plane crashed near the grandstand at a Nevada air race on Friday, killing at least three people, including the elderly pilot, and injuring more than 50, officials said.

At least 15 people were in critical condition after the crash at the Reno Air Races, which a spokesman for the event called a "mass casualty situation" in a written statement.

The plane, a P-51 Mustang dubbed the "Galloping Ghost" that was being flown by pilot Jimmy Leeward, crashed into a box seat area in front of the main grandstand about 4:20 p.m. PDT (2320 GMT), said Mike Draper of the public relations firm R&R Partners, which represents the race.

Video apparently taken from the stands and posted on YouTube showed a plane plunging nose-down into the tarmac as spectators were heard gasping: "Oh, my God."

"I heard his engine and looked up. He was within 100 feet (30 metres). He was coming right down on top of us," witness Fred Scholz told CNN. "It just happened very quick."

The Federal Aviation Administration halted the air race after the crash, and was investigating the incident alongside the National Transportation Safety Board, an FAA official said.

"It was like a war zone where the box seats were," said Dean Davis, an Oregon man who has attended the Reno Air Races for decades. "All the people were laying there."

The head of the Reno Air Racing Association, Michael Houghton, put the number of injured at 54 and said the 74-year-old pilot was killed. He had previously put the pilot's age at 80.

Renown Regional Medical Center spokesman Dan Davis said that at least two people were killed -- a man and a woman. An event spokeswoman said the pilot had died in addition to the two confirmed dead by Renown.

Stephanie Kruse, a spokeswoman for the regional emergency medical service authority, said 15 of the injured were in critical condition

'WASN'T GOING TO RECOVER'

Mark Hasara of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, an Air Force veteran who witnessed the crash, told Reuters, "As soon as I saw his nose pointed at the ground, I knew he wasn't going to recover."

In a June video posted at the website for the air race, Leeward said the Galloping Ghost raced from 1946 to 1950 in the Cleveland Air Races and afterward in other events.

He said his crew cut 10 feet (3 metres) off the plane's length and made other modifications to improve its aerodynamic abilities and reach speeds of 500 mph (800 kph).

Leeward came from an aviation family -- he was the son of a pilot, and his own sons have also flown planes. He worked as a stunt pilot on a few movies, including the 2002 release "Dragonfly."

The Reno crash was the latest in a spate of fatal air show accidents in the United States since August.

Last month, the pilot of an aerobatic airplane died in a fiery crash in front of shocked onlookers at a weekend air show in Kansas City, Missouri. In Michigan last month, a wingwalker at an air show near Detroit plunged about 200 feet (60 metres) to his death as he tried to climb onto a helicopter in midair.

The Reno Air Races, which began in the mid-1960s, features planes facing off in races at an airfield north of the city. (Additional reporting by Cynthia Johnston and Timothy Pratt in Las Vegas and Dan Whitcomb and Alex Dobuzinskis in Los Angeles; editing by Cynthia Johnston and Mohammad Zargham)


Source: By Ben Miller - RENO, Nev., Sept 16 (Reuters) - www.reuters.com

Photo: Spectators and debris are seen after a P-51 Mustang airplane crashed at the Reno Air show on Friday in Reno, Nev. (TIM O'BRIEN, Grass Valley Union - www.pennlive.com)

(9/17/2011)


 
  CONTINENTAL NEWS:

American Air Force News
African Air Force News
Asian Air Force News
European Air Force News
Middle Eastern AF News
Ocean Air Force News


• Turkish Army to conduct military drills amid regional tensions

(4/7/2014)
The Turkish army is preparing to launch a naval and land exercise on Monday. The major exercise comes amid tensions with Syria and a changing map in Ukraine, both in close proximit...>>

• Russia concludes massive military exercises

(1/5/2014)
Russian military has concluded one its largest war games in recent history in the nation’s far eastern and central region, describing the results as more than satisfactory....>>

• Unscheduled military drills in Russian Far East

(1/4/2014)
More than 80,000 personnel, about 1,000 tanks and armoured vehicles, 130 long-range, fighter, bombing and army planes and helicopters, as well as 70 naval ships and vessels, take p...>>

• ‘Russia stages large-scale military drills’

(1/4/2014)
Russia has staged large-scale military exercises in the country’s Eastern military district aimed at enhancing the defense capabilities of its armed forces, Defense Ministry says....>>

• India, China flex muscles on disputed border

(7/20/2013)
India is expanding its fighting capability against China. 50,000 additional troops will be deployed on the Chinese border....>>

• 50th Paris Air Show: Much excitement, few contracts

(6/28/2013)
Russia deployed unprecedented efforts to impress the airlines at the 50th Paris Air Show. The crucial innovations will not be unveiled, however, until Moscow’s MAKS show this Augus...>>

• Su-35 wows at Le Bourget Paris Air Show

(6/24/2013)
After Russia showcased its most advanced fighter in France, the Western media agreed that the newest Russian Su-35S fighter proved that Sukhoi-made fighters are among the best in t...>>

 



       info@xairforces.net Webmaster: REFLX DESIGN - © 2011 xairforces / Aviation Society,