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Plane Crashes Into Crowd at Nevada Air Race, Injuring More Than 75
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Posted on 09/16/2011 7:05:20 PM PDT by nuconvert

DEVELOPING: RENO, Nev. -- An airplane crashed Friday into a crowd attending an air race here, injuring dozens in what one event official described as a "mass-casualty situation."

A medical official later said more than 75 people had been injured, including 25 critically. There was no official word on deaths, though one report put the toll as high as 12 and the crash near the grandstands left a horrific scene of bodies and wreckage.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Nevada
KEYWORDS: aerospace; airrace; airshow; aviation; planecrash; reno; renoairraces; waketurbulence
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1 posted on 09/16/2011 7:05:26 PM PDT by nuconvert
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To: nuconvert

I understand a vintage P-51 mustang was lost.


2 posted on 09/16/2011 7:06:25 PM PDT by fso301
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To: fso301

Yes, he crashed into the crowd


3 posted on 09/16/2011 7:07:23 PM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: nuconvert

Prayers for all involved. This looks really bad.


4 posted on 09/16/2011 7:08:12 PM PDT by Talisker (History will show the Illuminati won the ultimate Darwin Award.)
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To: nuconvert

It appears that one of the plane’s elevators broke off and it became uncontrollable. I saw some graphic footage, and there was nothing left of it. It just disintegrated.


5 posted on 09/16/2011 7:08:42 PM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: nuconvert
Does ANYONE look/search before posting anymore ? ? ?

This is about the 10th air crash thread so far


6 posted on 09/16/2011 7:10:09 PM PDT by tomkat (para bellum)
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To: tomkat

YES. And this is the first thread that has an article from Fox with a link.

And mods put it in Breaking, not me


7 posted on 09/16/2011 7:13:11 PM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: nuconvert

RIP, Jimmy.


8 posted on 09/16/2011 7:14:10 PM PDT by GBA
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To: nuconvert
Mods musta gone out for a beer or ?

There's already been 3 or 4 others pulled, evidently.

Sorry to pounce, it's not your fault, nu

9 posted on 09/16/2011 7:17:37 PM PDT by tomkat (para bellum)
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To: nuconvert

A good friend of my wife had family at that race and we’re waiting to hear that they are OK.

This will be the end of the Reno Air Races. They can’t get insurance any longer and this will be the final accident for them.


10 posted on 09/16/2011 7:18:27 PM PDT by Bean Counter (Obama got mostly Ds and Fs all through college and law school. Keep repeating it.....)
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To: tomkat

I always do a search, though it isn’t always successful.
I posted this to Extended sidebar because there were other threads, but the Mods moved it.

What a terrible accident


11 posted on 09/16/2011 7:22:10 PM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: nuconvert

I always wondered when that would happen at one of these events. Usually I wonder about them hitting each other.


12 posted on 09/16/2011 7:22:19 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

I read that it was the elevator trim tab that fell off.


13 posted on 09/16/2011 7:23:47 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Bean Counter

Well, now we know why they couldn’t get insurance. Gotta be a better way to protect the spectators.


14 posted on 09/16/2011 7:23:56 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: Bean Counter

It said the plane crashed into the first couple of rows, So as long as they were sitting further back in the stands, they should be fine, though shook up.


15 posted on 09/16/2011 7:24:26 PM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: nuconvert
sorry nu .. i'm not a thread cop
dunno what's up w/the mods on this one

and yes, this crash is horrible
prayers for all involved . . .

16 posted on 09/16/2011 7:28:08 PM PDT by tomkat (para bellum)
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To: nuconvert

I have a coworker out there watching this event. I hope she’s okay.


17 posted on 09/16/2011 7:28:48 PM PDT by al_c (http://www.blowoutcongress.com)
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To: tomkat

no problem. have a nice night


18 posted on 09/16/2011 7:29:51 PM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: nuconvert

ditto


19 posted on 09/16/2011 7:32:19 PM PDT by tomkat (para bellum)
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To: nuconvert
Here's a link from my local TV station... Official: 3 dead, more than 75 injured in Nev. air race crash, 25 critically

(NOT AN EXCERPT, MY SUMMARY - LR) The plane was a vintage WWII P-51 Mustang named "The Galloping Ghost". The pilot was 80-year-old Jimmy Leeward from Ocala, FL. Witnesses say the carnage was horrible with body parts all over - from those in the stands who had lost limbs. The plane appeared to have disintegrated on impact. Witness states she was about 30 yards away and a man in front of her started bleeding after being hit in the head with debris.

Prayers for the deceased and injured, and their families - also the witnesses... I can't imagine how horrible that would be to witness. Surely they will be haunted by this memory even if they are not among the injured physically.
20 posted on 09/16/2011 7:58:18 PM PDT by LibertyRocks
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To: GBA

Indeed.Very sad.


21 posted on 09/16/2011 8:00:52 PM PDT by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life is tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: Bean Counter

Prayers going out for your wife’s friend’s family members. I pray they are safe.


22 posted on 09/16/2011 8:02:25 PM PDT by LibertyRocks
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To: nuconvert

If anyone cares for reasonably ACCURATE report, from the official press conference going on now?

3 Dead, including the pilot.

54 transported to hospital, 8 serious condition.

Pilot was 74, and a true expert.

Did NOT crash “Into the stands”!

Did crash a few (unspecified) yards in front of the box-seat stands, shrapnel from the crash caused death & injury.


23 posted on 09/16/2011 8:02:32 PM PDT by Loyal Sedition (Loyal Sedition, often described as "To the right of Attila The Hun"!)
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To: tomkat

I don’t know about everyone else, but sometimes I search and don’t find, and I search more than once. Then, I find a thread after I post a new one.


24 posted on 09/16/2011 8:06:33 PM PDT by PghBaldy (War Powers Res: http://avalon.law.yale.edu/20th_century/warpower.asp)
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To: Loyal Sedition
I was just there. Three confirmed dead are from the hospital I think. There will be more at the site. The NTSB is on the way and the Coroner showed up while I was there.
25 posted on 09/16/2011 8:07:11 PM PDT by mad_as_he$$
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To: Loyal Sedition

I’m not watching the press conference, but the article I linked to has some pretty good named sources. Some of the details are different from what you have posted though.

Who is giving the press conference?

Details from the article I linked:
[This article does say the it crashed by the box seat in front of the grandstand and that the pilot did everything possible to avert the plane away from the crowd...]

“Among the dead was pilot Jimmy Leeward, 80, of Ocala, Fla., who flew the P-51 Mustang named the “Galloping Ghost,” according to Mike Houghton, president and CEO of Reno Air Races.

Renown Medical Center spokeswoman Kathy Carter confirmed that two others died, but did not provide their identities.

Stephanie Kruse, a spokeswoman for the Regional Emergency Medical Service Authority, said 25 people were critically injured and another 25 people were seriously hurt in the crash. More than 25 more people were treated for minor injuries, she said.

Kruse said the critically injured were considered to have life-threatening injuries.”


26 posted on 09/16/2011 8:08:03 PM PDT by LibertyRocks
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To: Loyal Sedition
I looked over at Drudge and the current headline is

AIRPLANE CRASH AT RENO RACE PILOT 74 YEARS OLD.

I don't appreciate the (premature) insinuation that the pilot's age had something to do with this accident.

27 posted on 09/16/2011 8:08:28 PM PDT by Rational Thought
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28 posted on 09/16/2011 8:09:45 PM PDT by EveningStar
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To: mad_as_he$$

Wow... Were you at the race itself? I’m glad you are O.K. The description of the scene is absolutely horrific.


29 posted on 09/16/2011 8:10:25 PM PDT by LibertyRocks
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To: LibertyRocks

Press conference is ongoing on all local news channels.

New information has all been released, getting repetitive now, devolving to media speculation, “Is this the last race”, etc.


30 posted on 09/16/2011 8:12:23 PM PDT by Loyal Sedition (Loyal Sedition, often described as "To the right of Attila The Hun"!)
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To: LibertyRocks

No I wasn’t at the races when it happened (thanks for the good wishes) got there about 90 minutes after. I live close and was escorting some assistance to the scene.


31 posted on 09/16/2011 8:14:02 PM PDT by mad_as_he$$
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To: Loyal Sedition

Thanks... I’m all the way up in Wisconsin and girls are watching a DVD at the moment, but we usually don’t get a lot of live coverage.

The pilot’s name is so familiar to me, even though I am not “into” the aviation scene. I’m SURE I’ve read stories about him here at FR though. I AM interested in WWII and the like, so perhaps it was articles about him and his plane. Very tragic day... May he Rest in Peace.

As for the pilot’s age I’m sure the guy they quoted probably said something like “close to 80 years old” and in their rush to get a full story they just ran with that number...

I’m going to make an assumption that the number of deceased will likely increase over the next 24 hours - just due to the description of the scene itself. So sad...


32 posted on 09/16/2011 8:17:55 PM PDT by LibertyRocks
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To: PghBaldy
FR has the Worst search engine in the World!
I always use Google to search the forum.
For instance, I put Plane Crashes Into Crowd +freerepublic and your post came out at the top.

Google Search
33 posted on 09/16/2011 8:19:32 PM PDT by freejohn ("Never argue with a fool; onlookers may not be able to tell the difference." --- Mark Twain)
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To: tomkat

this is an unimaginable tragedy. maybe leave the posting nitpiks for another time. Respectfully.


34 posted on 09/16/2011 8:21:44 PM PDT by famousdayandyear
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To: LibertyRocks

This will bring about many changes at future air shows..In the 1950’s Mercedes-Benz, which had dominated Formula One racing..dropped factory participation in the sport when one of their cars went into the crowd at, ( Ithink i was ) Le Mans...killing and injuring many spectators..


35 posted on 09/16/2011 8:25:04 PM PDT by ken5050 (Save the EARTH...it's the ONLY planet with CHOCOLATE!!!)
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To: nuconvert

YouTube video of crash:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rCNePeKn3Tg

Plane is headed straight to ground at 0:21. Crash itself is obstructed but the debris comes in view just a second later.

Obviously don’t click on this if you’re sensitive.


36 posted on 09/16/2011 8:29:04 PM PDT by coloradan (The US has become a banana republic, except without the bananas - or the republic.)
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To: famousdayandyear
Maybe read the whole damned thread, and see that it was settled amicably two hours ago before shooting your mouth off.

'respectfully'

37 posted on 09/16/2011 8:29:07 PM PDT by tomkat (para bellum)
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To: freejohn
FR has the Worst search engine in the World!

It's just different; it's decent if you know how to use it. Just pick one word (i.e. "crashes") and do a title search by date, and it works just fine. It doesn't work well with phrases though.

38 posted on 09/16/2011 8:31:25 PM PDT by xjcsa (Ridiculing the ridiculous since the day I was born.)
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To: Dashing Dasher

You ok 4?


39 posted on 09/16/2011 8:32:13 PM PDT by r-q-tek86 ("It doesn't matter how smart you are if you don't stop and think" - Dr. Sowell)
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To: r-q-tek86

Yes she is. I checked that out. Her heart is bruised but she and her crew are okay physically.


40 posted on 09/16/2011 8:47:04 PM PDT by Shyla
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To: r-q-tek86

Yes she is. I checked that out. Her heart is bruised but she and her crew are okay physically.


41 posted on 09/16/2011 8:47:16 PM PDT by Shyla
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To: Shyla

Sorry about double post, slow net.


42 posted on 09/16/2011 8:48:55 PM PDT by Shyla
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To: nuconvert
From another website, the P-51 did not hit the grandstand, it crashed near or in the box seats in front of the grandstand.

It's a tragedy, and a sad day for aviation.

That said, I heard Sean Hannity wondering why pilots were allowed to do this, and implying that it should not continue. (Hannity just went from "Great American" to "Ignorant Creep" in my book. There is no coming back from "ignorant creep".)

I've been to the Reno Air Races many times (last year being most recent.)

It's a RACE. Crashes happen (unfortunately) in racing.

After feeling sorrow for those lost, and some anxiousness for those injured, my thoughts go to how some ninneys will try to take the Reno Races away (or move the grandstands to an unwatchable distance); and, how some lawyers will consider this good news, and try to organize the bereaving and injured into a lawsuit class.

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43 posted on 09/16/2011 8:52:56 PM PDT by Seaplaner (Never give in. Never give in. Never...except to convictions of honour and good sense. W. Churchill)
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To: LibertyRocks

Leeward was a master pilot and his plane was well maintained. There is always some risk when you are up in the air and going fast. I hope air races and air shows are not banned by the no fun for humans crowd as that’s not the world I’d enjoy living in. Present FAA rules on these work reasonably well and a bad accident should not be used to end our enjoyment of flying & watching air shows.


44 posted on 09/16/2011 8:53:24 PM PDT by RicocheT (Eat the rich only if you're certain it's your last meal)
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To: coloradan

YouTube has removed it.


45 posted on 09/16/2011 8:55:56 PM PDT by united1000
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To: EveningStar

Would you add my nae to your list?
TY


46 posted on 09/16/2011 8:56:25 PM PDT by warsaw44
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To: nuconvert

Very sad. Saying prayers.


47 posted on 09/16/2011 9:15:30 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: united1000

There is another link to the video if you search “Reno air crash”. Definitely not for the faint of heart (should probably have an 18+ restriction). So horrible...


48 posted on 09/16/2011 9:20:17 PM PDT by LibertyRocks
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To: united1000

So far at least four videos have been aired.

You-boob may have pulled it, but it’s being aired every couple of minutes on broadcast TV.


49 posted on 09/16/2011 9:21:22 PM PDT by Loyal Sedition (Loyal Sedition, often described as "To the right of Attila The Hun"!)
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To: Loyal Sedition

Prayers for full recovery of the injured.


50 posted on 09/16/2011 9:37:13 PM PDT by Ciexyz
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