Reno Air Races Plans to Change Course this Fall

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Organizers of the national air racing championships in Reno plan to change the race course for the fastest planes to keep them farther from spectators after last year's mass casualty crash near a grandstand.

Reno Air Racing Association Director Mike Houghton said Tuesday they will ask federal regulators for permission to soften some curves and move the largest course away from the crowd.

He made the announcement as a blue ribbon panel unveiled its list of safety recommendations, including formalizing plane inspection procedures. The panel also advised further study of possible age limits for pilots.

Jimmy Leeward was 74 when his World War II-era airplane crashed
Sept. 16, killing himself and 10 spectators and injuring more than 70 others.

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