Two airplanes collided in the air Friday at the Reno National Championship Air Races, killing one pilot and injuring another in the third fatal crash there in four days. It's the only event of its kind in the world, sometimes with wingtip-to-wingtip racing 100 feet off the ground in six classes of aircraft. Sixty-nine more people on the ground were injured. Please click the button below to agree to our Terms and Conditions and acknowledge our Privacy Policy. A Warner Media Company. Almost 70 people were injured. Mutual Fund and ETF data provided by Refinitiv Lipper. The downed plane had video and data recording devices, an NTSB official says, It's unclear why the aircraft crashed, investigators have said. 1 NTSB Preliminary Report for Reno Air Race Crash 2011 A week after the catastrophic crash at the Reno Air Races that killed 11 people and injured dozens more, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) today released its preliminary report on the incident. We have to accept that's how life is.". Password reset email has been resent. Eleven people were killed when a vintage fighter plane crashed at a Reno air race: – Jimmy Leeward, 74, of Ocala, Fla. All Rights Reserved. The crash prompted the implementation of new safety measures, including a redesigned race course that adds 150 feet of buffer — pushing the distance between racing planes and the permanent grandstand to at least 1,000 feet. The list includes the pilot, 74-year-old Jimmy Leeward… Also honored Sunday at the air races was Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon. If an account exists, we've sent an email with a link to reset your password. But the Reno Air Races is no stranger to tragedy. The airplane slammed into the ground near a crowd of seated audience members on a runway of the Reno-Stead Airport at about 4:20 p.m., disintegrating instantly in the violent crash… National Transportation Safety Board members examine the scene of Friday's plane crash in Reno, Nevada. Leeward's World War II-era P-51 Mustang fighter reached 530 mph before it pitched skyward and then slammed nose-first into the box seats fronting the grandstand, killing him and 10 others. Updated Get all the stories you need-to-know from the most powerful name in news delivered first thing every morning to your inbox. Success! Success! Quotes displayed in real-time or delayed by at least 15 minutes. Bill Elvin told the Reno Gazette-Journal that his heart was racing Friday as he watched a plane come around the final pylon closest to the box seats, but slowly began to relax. Linda Elvin doesn’t watch online videos of the plane crash that killed 11 people and injured dozens more during the National Championship Air Races in Reno on September 16, 2011. Armstrong, who died last month in Ohio at age 82, walked on the moon in July 1969. The list includes the pilot, 74-year-old Jimmy Leeward, who lost control of his vintage plane before it plummeted into a crowd of spectators. September 20, 2011. In the blink of an eye, Jimmy Leeward’s P-51 Galloping Ghost went from rounding the last turn at National Championship Air Races in Reno to sharply pitching upward, rolling over, and then diving straight down into box seats full of spectators. when his experimental Backovich GP-5 'Osprey', registered as N501GP and nicknamed "Sweet Dreams", crashed on the race course after a mechanical failure. Legal Statement. 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