Pilot killed in crash at Nevada air races

A pilot died during a single-jet crash at the Reno National Championship Air Races on Sunday, according to officials. The crash happened during the Jet Gold Race in Nevada, according to the Reno Air Racing Association. Video shows the plane crashing and immediately sparking a fire. The race was being live streamed on the racing association’s YouTube but has since been taken down. (Video below may be difficult for some people to watch.)It was on lap three of six on outer pylon five, said Fred Telling, the CEO and president of the Reno Air Racing Association.The pilot who died was the only one on board when the plane crashed. It’s unclear who the pilot was. All other pilots landed safely, Telling said. The races have been suspended due to the crash. The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.History of plane crashes at the racesIn 2011, 11 people died and another 70 people were seriously injured when a plane crashed into the grandstand at the Reno-Stead Airport at the 49th annual Reno National Championship Air Races. The National Transportation Safety Board report said the plane was pushed beyond its structural limits. Changes were then made to the races a year later for safety. In 2014, a wing malfunctioned before an experimental aircraft crashed and killed a retired Air Force pilot from San Jose. The pilot, Lee Behel, 64, died in the crash. No one else was injured. The races draw thousands of spectators every year to see the high-performance and experimental planes fly wingtip-to-wingtip as low as 50 feet off the ground. This is a developing story, stay with KCRA 3 for the latest.

A pilot died during a single-jet crash at the Reno National Championship Air Races on Sunday, according to officials.

The crash happened during the Jet Gold Race in Nevada, according to the Reno Air Racing Association. Video shows the plane crashing and immediately sparking a fire. The race was being live streamed on the racing association’s YouTube but has since been taken down.

(Video below may be difficult for some people to watch.)


It was on lap three of six on outer pylon five, said Fred Telling, the CEO and president of the Reno Air Racing Association.

The pilot who died was the only one on board when the plane crashed. It’s unclear who the pilot was.

All other pilots landed safely, Telling said.

The races have been suspended due to the crash.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.

This content is imported from Twitter. You may be able to find the same content in another format, or you may be able to find more information, at their web site.

History of plane crashes at the races

In 2011, 11 people died and another 70 people were seriously injured when a plane crashed into the grandstand at the Reno-Stead Airport at the 49th annual Reno National Championship Air Races.

The National Transportation Safety Board report said the plane was pushed beyond its structural limits.

Changes were then made to the races a year later for safety.

In 2014, a wing malfunctioned before an experimental aircraft crashed and killed a retired Air Force pilot from San Jose.

The pilot, Lee Behel, 64, died in the crash. No one else was injured.

The races draw thousands of spectators every year to see the high-performance and experimental planes fly wingtip-to-wingtip as low as 50 feet off the ground.

This is a developing story, stay with KCRA 3 for the latest.

.

Leave a Comment