Death Toll at 9 Following Tragic Reno Air Races Crash

By: Staff Email
By: Staff Email

RENO, NV - The death toll from Friday’s crash of a P-51 Mustang at the National Championship Air Races now stands at nine people, including the pilot and eight spectators on the ground.

At a news conference Saturday afternoon, the Reno Police Department released the revised death toll. Reno Deputy Police Chief Dave Evans said seven people were killed at the crash site, and two later died at area hospitals.

In all, 54 people were transported to area hospitals for treatment, Evans said; several have been released and a handful are still in critical condition.

A damaged elevator trim tab was discovered among the wreckage after a P-51 Mustang nose-dived into spectators at the annual National Championship Air Races in Reno.

NTSB would not confirm that the damaged elevator trim found came from the Galloping Ghost or if it was the direct cause of the crash.

"We do not speculate," says NTSB representative. "We are here to investigate."

As to whether the pilot's age, 74, and health are considered a factor, NTSB says all of that will be examined throughout the course of the investigation and is being considered.

Is the modification affecting the safety of planes?

The kind of safety recommendations NTSB can make and recommend as to modifying aircraft in the future will also be considered.

Periodic updates will be provided.


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