Reno Air Race Crash Kills At Least 10

16 Sep

Update 2: Officials announced that the death toll from the crash has risen to 10, including the pilot.

Update: There is some footage of the crash and the aftermath here. Warning: the video is extremely graphic and disturbing.

At least three people are dead following the horrifying crash of a World War II vintage fighter airplane at the Reno Air Show. Among the dead is the pilot, Jimmy Leeward, 74. A veteran airman and movie stunt pilot, Leeward lost control of the airplane on his third lap of the audience.

More than 50 people were injured in the accident. Witnesses described a horrific scene of severed body parts and blood near the impact spot.

The P-51 Mustang plane, nicknamed “Galloping Ghost,” crashed into the box seating area of the venue. “Just the sound of the impact was unbelievable,” Witness Gary Miller said. “Almost can’t believe you saw what actually happened.”

One Response to “Reno Air Race Crash Kills At Least 10”


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