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Reno, Nevada Air Show Crash: 3 Dead More Than 50 Hurt

At least three people are dead and more than 50 people were injured after a World War II era fighter plane plunged into the spectators at an air show in Reno, Nevada.

Officials at the National Championship Air Race said a mechanical failure may have caused the plane P-51 Mustang “Galloping Ghost” piloted by Jimmy Leeward, to plummet out of the sky Friday afternoon and crash into the viewer grandstands.

Reno Air Races president Mike Houghton said the plane was on course before the accident occurred.

“Speculation has gone on a different number of different areas to what took place.  Different people see different things. But there appear to be some air-flight problem with the aircraft that caused it to go out of control,” Houghton said.

Leeward, 74, a real estate developer from Ocala, Fla. was killed in the crash along with two other people.

Houghton described Leeward as “a very experienced and talented and qualified pilot” whose “medical records and everything are up-to-date, spot-on.”

At least 56 people were taken to local hospitals, including 15 in critical condition and another 13 were listed in serious condition. Authorities said it’s possible the number of injuries may be even higher because some people left for the hospital in private vehicles.

Connie Camit had just left the grandstand for a refreshment stand with two of her children, 14 and 5, ABC News Radio reported.

“Just as we were standing there, we heard this big crash, turned around and I seen airplane pieces, parts flying everywhere,” she said. “We just heard everybody screaming, sirens. It was just chaos, complete chaos.”

Eyewitness Gerald Lent was on the scene and described the moments before the crash.

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Last updated March 24, 2017 at 2:14 PM
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