Skip to comments.Plane Crash at Air Races at Reno-Stead Airport
Posted on 09/16/2011 5:15:37 PM PDT by umgud
Emergency crews are heading to a reported plane crash at the Reno-Stead Airport. The accident happened just before 4:30pm during the National Championship Air Races. Witnesses tell our reporter Chris Ciarlo planes in the unlimited race were ascending when a P51 Mustang started to nose dive and then crashed near a spectator stand in the southeast corner. Ciarlo says the plane was third in contention when the crash happened. The plane DID NOT hit the stands, it hit nearby tables instead. As a result, airport personnel and military are evacuating thousands of spectators. Several emergency vehicles are currently headed to the scene. There's no official word yet on any injuries. Just yesterday, a pilot had to make a hard landing after his plane had engine problems and declared an emergency. The air races are canceled for the rest of today.
Galloping Ghost Jimmy didnt make it from some post i read on a private board
At least 30 serious injuries involved in Reno Air Races crash
35 minutes ago
Dang I hate to see this. Barry’s boys are always looking for a reason to shut down American events like this. Prayers up for the injured.
Saw Dago Red there a few years back.
Live tv stream can be found here (Live Video 5 pm Newscast)
That is the first I have heard of any bystanders ever being injured at the Reno Air Races. Leeward has been racing for several years. Prayers up for all involved.
Ouch, no way Leeward could have survived that.
Agreed, unless there was a 'chute that we didn't see in the video.
EPA is sending a team to collect unburned hydro carbons. They won’t allow rescue crews in until fuel is cleaned up. /s/
This is going to be bad. At least 12 dead so far.
Let's hope that there were not that many casualties... Very sad...
I live just a few miles south and east. I was wondering why I hadn’t heard a lot of air traffic this afternoon but wrote it off to the wind. It’s been pretty cloudy and breezy today but warm and nothing too out of the ordinary for September. Prayers up for all those affected...
So some wacko moderator has pulled this news from the BREAKING NEWS bar ...
Three days ago I saw the breaking news about the Dish HD satellite going dark. TRUE but moderators in all their wisdom, PULLED that FOR NO APPARENT REASON.
FREE REPUBLIC used to be on top - just like Obama and the feds we need the moderators TO GET OUT OF THE WAY of the news here on FR.
Hopefully their “12” was a misprint and was actually only “1” or “2”...
Yeah, I felt this was breaking
It was initially in Breaking and that’s the only reason I saw it.
How many freepers are NOT SEEING this story, because it got pulled from Breaking
0 may announce the kinetic energy and gravity bill of 2011 and appoint a gravity czar to determine which recreational activities might generate too much resistance to gravity.
Well, you can count me as one who is seeing it.
Look again, now you don’t. Third thread posted and not a one linked to in Breaking News
I saw a brief story on Fox and just knew to come to FR to find the true story...
This sounds truly horrific.
Prayers to everyone.
I see all of them. They are all on this page—and still here when I refresh.
Video from yesterday of Leeward and the Galloping Ghost;
Leeward was a bit old IMHO to be out racing he was 80
11:00 News channel 8 showed a VERY clear still photo of a trim-tab coming off the plane’s tail just before the pilot lost full control.
The trim-tab is not that large a part, it is part of the horizontal stabilizer.
Apparently, losing it made this plane uncontrollable.
So, it seems fairly clear that this was a mechanical failure at racing speed.
No doubt the NTSB will have more to say, in several months.
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