Race Plane Crashes at Annual Reno Air Races

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    Jimmy Leeward was killed today when his plane "Galloping Ghost", a modified P-51, crashed during a heat race. Many injuries but no deaths confirmed as of yet aside from the pilot (Update: 3 dead, 56 injured). The plane was probably going 450 mph as it turned on to the front straightaway where the crowds and grandstands are.

    From what video I've seen and eye-witness reports I've read, apparently the trim tab on the elevator (which controls how the plane goes up or down) came off and Jimmy Leeward had to fight for control. The plane went upside down over the grand stands and what will probably be remembered as either a miracle or an incredible act of self sacrifice, Jimmy was able to direct his stricken aircraft away from the stands and crash in front of them thus preventing what could have been an even bigger disaster.

    The first video is of lesser quality.

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    Crash is at 3:20
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    The plane that crashed was "Galloping Ghost", one of my personal favorites. You will hear reports that the pilot was too old to be doing this sort of thing (74) but Jimmy Leeward has been a pilot and racing for quite a long time.:

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    Needless to say the races have been canceled for this year and the future of air racing looks to be in doubt. Prayers to those who were killed and all their families.

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    Oooops. Damn.
     
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    Air safety questionable at Reno air show...
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    Reno air races had history of safety issues, troubles
    September 16, 2011 | Reno's National Championship Air Races, where a pilot crashed into the stands Friday afternoon, have been the subject of safety concerns in the past.
     
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    I wonder why the plane didn't explode!
     
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    any air show is dangerous.......simple as that.....
     
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    These race planes don't carry a full tank of gas when racing, just enough to do the required laps and land, that keeps them as light as possible. But still, people on the ground said there was gas everywhere but it didn't ignite, another miracle.
     
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    Latest news is that 8 spectators were killed and more hospitalized. They are saying it looked like the pilot may have averted an even bigger carnage by changing course slightly. If not the death toll may have been in the hundreds.
     
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    Another air show crash in W.Va....
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    Post-WWII plane pilot dies in W.Va. air show crash
    Sep 17,`11 - The pilot of a post-World War II plane died Saturday after crashing into a runway and bursting into flames, the second deadly air show crash in 24 hours.
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    22 People Have Been Killed in 48-Year-History of Reno Air Races
    September 17, 2011 — Twenty-two people have now been killed in crashes since Reno's National Championship Air Races started in 1964.
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    Flying a 60 year old or so plane at hundreds of miles an hour just off the ground.
    Just about over top of the spectators...
    It is kinda like a beach in FL. The question is not if a hurricane will hit but when.
     

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