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« Reply #20 on: September 19, 2011, 10:23:56 PM »

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/61917/10-dead-in-us-air-crash-shared-love-of-aviation
10 dead in US air crash shared love of aviation
September 20, 2011

RENO, Nevada— They came from every corner to the Nevada desert to watch the nation’s premier air race, a daring competition between speed-hungry pilots that pushed the limits of safety. They all had one thing in common: a deep affection for aviation.

One was a wheelchair-bound recent college graduate who was thrilled to be at his first race, attending it at the urging of his father the races. Another was a former airline pilot who owned a vintage airplane. Still another was and brother.

They were among the 10 people who died when one of the planes in the race, a WWII-era P-51 Mustang fighter plane called The Galloping Ghost, plunged into the VIP section. The 74-year-old stunt pilot also died in the nation’s deadliest air racing disaster.

The shrapnel from the crash sprayed the crowd, leaving dozens more with severed limbs, including fingers, legs and arms.

Since the crash, authorities in Reno have been flooded with calls from around the country, as relatives and friends worried about the whereabouts of spectators. Medical officials used fingerprints and DNA to identify the remains of the victims.

“We’ve had some emotional calls, and it’s because of the uncertainty,” said Kathy Jacobs, executive director of the Crisis Call Center in Reno. “It’s terrifying for those individuals not to know what has happened to their loved ones.”
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« Reply #21 on: September 20, 2011, 05:03:45 PM »

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/09/20/photos-suggest-pilot-in-deadly-reno-air-crash-had-broken-seat-aviation-expert/

Photo Suggests Pilot in Deadly Reno Air Crash Had Broken Seat, Aviation Mechanic Says

Published September 20, 2011

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« Reply #22 on: September 20, 2011, 11:01:22 PM »

I saw those photos on the news.  I'm just amazed.  I wonder if there is any way that investigators will ever know if the seat broke? 
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« Reply #23 on: September 21, 2011, 08:32:57 AM »

http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/national_world&id=8362581
11th person dies after Reno air show crash
September 21, 2011

RENO, Nev. -- An 11th person has died as a result of Friday's air show crash in Reno, according to Michelle Anderson with the Washoe County Medical Examiner's Office.
The latest victim has been identified as 50-year-old Craig Salerno, an avid racing pilot and father of two young children.

In all, about 70 people were treated after the crash at the National Championship Air Races at the Reno Stead Airport. A World-War II-era P-51 Mustang slammed into the tarmac near a crowded VIP viewing section, blowing to pieces in front the pilot's family and tight-knit group of friends.
New home video by Ben Cissell shows just how horrific the scene was. The video has been posted here, but readers/viewers should be warned before clicking to watch as the video is graphic and may be disturbing.

It appears that other than the pilot, the injuries and deaths were caused by flying parts of the disintegrating plane - not a direct hit.

"It hit directly in front of us, probably 50 to 75 feet," Ryan Harris, of Round Mountain, Nev., told the AP.  "The next thing I saw was a wall of debris going up in the air. That's what I got splashed with."
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« Reply #24 on: September 23, 2011, 12:34:37 PM »

http://www.rgj.com/article/20110920/EVENTS05/309200014/Experts-Multiple-groups-could-sued-deadly-plane-crash-Reno-air-races
11th victim from Reno Air Races crash identified
September 20, 2011

Update: 8:30 p.m. The official death toll from Friday’s crash at the Reno National Championship Air Races increased to 11 on Tuesday, and all 11 have been officially identified.
The Washoe County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the remainder Tuesday killed when veteran pilot Jimmy Leeward crashed his P-51 Mustang at the end of an Unlimited Class race, though other parties, such as a family member, had already provided some of this information. Leeward was among those killed in the crash.
Update 6:50 p.m.: The Washoe County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified James McMichael, 47, of Graham, Wash. as the 11th victim of the Reno Air Races plane crash.
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« Reply #25 on: September 23, 2011, 12:44:10 PM »

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/09/23/preliminary-report-on-investigation-into-cause-reno-air-show-crash-expected/
Preliminary Report on Investigation Into Cause of Reno Air Show Crash Expected Today
September 23, 2011

Federal investigators are expected to release a preliminary summary of their probe of a racing plane crash that killed 11 people in Reno and injured at least 80.

A National Transportation Safety Board official says there won't be any conclusions in the report due out Friday.

Key clues are expected to come from an onboard data box and camera equipment believed to be from the plane.
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« Reply #26 on: September 25, 2011, 12:25:50 PM »

http://www.ktvu.com/news/29280701/detail.html
NTSB focusing on aircraft part in Reno air crash
September 23, 2011

LAS VEGAS -- Federal investigators are looking at evidence that something fell off a modified World War II-era racing aircraft as it climbed, rolled and crashed nose-first into spectators, killing 11 during air races in Reno last week, according to a preliminary report released Friday.

The one-week National Transportation Safety Board summary of evidence collected after last weekend's crash at Reno-Stead Airport puts the number of injured at 74 -- 66 of them seriously.

The report made no conclusions, and noted that investigators are trying to extract clues from an onboard data box and camera equipment believed to be from the plane. A final report with findings could take more than a year.
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The NTSB cited photo and video evidence that a piece fell off the aircraft after Leeward completed several laps and made a steep left turn toward the home pylon and grandstand. The plane banked suddenly left, then right, turned away from the race course and pitched into a steep nose-high climb, the report said.

"Witnesses reported, and photographic evidence indicates, that a piece of the airframe separated during these maneuvers," the NTSB said.

The plane then rolled and plunged nose-first into a box seat area in front of the center of the grandstands.

A piece of the aircraft tail was found not quite a mile away from the crash site, NTSB investigators said. Photos showed a tail part, known as an elevator trim tab, missing as the plane went out of control.

Leeward's crew provided to investigators the ground station telemetry data they had gathered, including engine readings and global positioning satellite system information.

The damaged onboard data box was recovered in the wreckage and sent to an NTSB laboratory along with what the report called "pieces of a camera housing and multiple detached memory cards from the airplane's onboard camera."

Investigators were also looking at whether Leeward's health was a factor, safety board member Mark Rosekind said Monday.

Veteran fliers said it's likely that Leeward lost consciousness due to intense gravitational forces during his 400-plus mph climb, and never had a chance to steer out of his death dive.

"He's unconscious," Ernie Christensen, a retired rear admiral and former commander of the Navy's Top Gun fighter school, told The Associated Press in an interview. Christensen noted the P-51 hit the ground at full throttle, indicating that Leeward wasn't in control.

"The power was up and that's an indication he was not in control of the airplane when it hit," he said.
The impact horrified thousands of spectators in the grandstands, and left a crater on the tarmac about 3 feet deep and 6 feet across. It propelled chairs, body parts, blue and red box seat bunting and wreckage over more than two acres. There was no fire
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NTSB investigations are notably thorough and usually take more than a year to reach findings of fact and recommendations. In the interim, the board makes public information that investigators have gathered before shifting to an analysis of what went wrong and why.
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« Reply #27 on: September 26, 2011, 09:33:14 AM »

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/09/26/us-aircrash-memorial-nevada-idUSTRE78P0DT20110926
Nevada air race crash victims mourned in Reno
September 26, 2011

Reuters) - Hundreds of mourners filled an outdoor arboretum at sunset on Sunday for a candlelight memorial tribute to 11 people killed in the crash of a vintage World War Two plane at a Nevada air show over a week ago.

Reno Mayor Bob Cashell presided over the somber, 40-minute service, held on a grassy hill of Idlewild Park near downtown, about 20 miles from the site of the September 16 tragedy, following a symbolic planting of an oak tree in memory of the victims.

"Thank you all for joining us as this community begins its healing process," Cashell told the gathering.

Taking the podium for his own remarks, Governor Brian Sandoval said, "We come together as the Nevada family to grieve our loss."

He was followed by three clergy members who recited brief prayers.

A city spokeswoman, Barbara Dicianno, put the number of attendees at about 500.
The mourners, each given small white candles as they entered the park, huddled on the hill, most of them standing, to form a circle around the speakers and a string quartet that played bits of soft music.

A lone singer performed the national anthem a cappella around the start of the event.

The service climaxed at sunset as a guitarist accompanied another vocalist in a rendition of "Amazing Grace" while the mourners all silently lit their candles, which flickered in a gentle breeze that rustled the surrounding trees.

Displayed beside the podium was a framed artist's rendering of the single-engine plane that crashed, a modified P-51 Mustang, depicted flying through a cloud-blotched sky, with the words, "In memory of Jimmy Leeward" -- in tribute to the pilot who died.
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« Reply #28 on: September 28, 2011, 11:27:24 PM »

http://www.ktvn.com/story/15570911/huey-chopper-owners-reflect-on-air-races-crash
Huey Chopper Owners Reflect on Air Races Crash
September 28, 2011

Moments after the deadly Reno Air Races crash, a group of men jumped in to help with their vintage Huey helicopter.

"As soon as you heard the thud. ‘Cause you just knew something was wrong," says pilot Brent Marker.

Marker along with Ray Murphy and Chris Miller were all at the 47th annual National Championship Air Races with their vintage chopper on September 16th.

Within minutes they brought the Huey out of retirement – transporting victims to Pickett Park across from Renown Regional Medical Center. "Someone requested ‘can you help.' Basically our team jumped into action. We got the wheels on the helicopter. The group that was next to us came over and helped everyone push it out onto the tarmac," says helicopter co-owner Chris Miller.
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Everyone they transported that day survived – and this crew says they're happy the Huey was up to the task. "The old baby did it. And I was pleased to have been there to watch her do it," says pilot Murphy.
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« Reply #29 on: September 28, 2011, 11:29:55 PM »

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Students Honored For Help in Plane Crash
September 28, 2011

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Fifty students were honored Wednesday for answering the call on that tragic Friday afternoon. Their instructor says it's important to remember the victims, but also honor those who stepped in to help.

"In the after moments of that terrible event, there were a lot of people that were in the way," said Jason Patterson of Martin-Ross Associates, which is a security company that works with students.

Patterson said students from the Nevada Job Corps Center learn security, along with physical and tactical training for emergency situations.

They also get hands on experience providing security at major events in our area.

That's why many students were working at the air races when Jimmy Leeward's P-51 Mustang went down and killed 11 people including Leeward.

Patterson said students helped with crowd control and monitored entry and exits at the airport. Thirty students also volunteered to stay through the weekend, volunteering to help vendors and provide support wherever they were needed.
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« Reply #30 on: September 28, 2011, 11:32:21 PM »

http://articles.latimes.com/2011/sep/26/nation/la-na-reno-air-crash-20110927
Figuring out how to avoid another Reno air crash
The FAA has carefully managed such races and shows for decades to keep audiences at a safe distance from planes. Now it must decide what more can be done, experts say.
September 26, 2011

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