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    Plane crashes into stands-Reno

    This just came across twitter via Las Vegas Sun. Doesnt sound good.
    http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2011...ampionship-ai/

    Plane crashes into stands at Reno National Championship Air Races



    Friday, Sept. 16, 2011 | 4:49 p.m.
    A plane has reportedly crashed into the stands at the National Championship Air Races in Reno.
    Hospitals in the Reno area have been put on notice for multiple injuries and Care Flight is en route to the annual air show.
    The Reno Gazette-Journal is reporting scanner traffic speculating on the possibility of as many as 50 casualties.
    One observer reported a “crash in the crowd.”
    Emergency responders are en route.
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    I just noticed that they updated the story in the past 15 min since I first saw it to 50 possible casualties! OMG
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    May God have mercy.

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    omgosh ... hope it's not as bad as speculated

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    http://www.kolotv.com/home/headlines...129995508.html

    According to our crews on the scene, a plane has crashed at the Reno Air Races just now.
    According to reports pilot Jimmy Leeword was flying the Galloping Ghost, that went down soon after take-off during the beginning of the Unlimited race.

    Numerours reports of the Unlimited plane sliding into the grandstand/bleachers injurying an unknown number of spectators.
    Careflight and Reno Fire is enroute.
    Reno-Stead airport authorities are asking everyone to go home.
    All planes are grounded.
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    Another news station reports that the plane was a Mustang? Not familiar with these smaller planes or how big that is.
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    Here is Jimmy Leeward and the Galloping Ghosts website
    http://www.leewardairranch.com/racing
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    P51 Mustang crashes at Reno Air Races; multiple injuries involved

    UPDATE at 5 p.m.: A P51 Mustang crashed in front of the grandstands at the Reno National Air Races at around 4 p.m.

    Witnesss at the scene said the plane involved in the crash was Galloping Ghost, No. 177. That plane is piloted by Jimmy Leeward, a real estate developer from Ocala, Fla.

    His condition is unknown at this time.

    more at http://www.rgj.com/article/20110916/...text|FRONTPAGE
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    Jimmy Leewards fan fb

    http://www.facebook.com/JimmyLeeward

    People are posting comments on there now

    Edit-if it was his plane its eerie that the last comment was that he was starting up right then, thats when it supposively happened.
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    UPDATE at 5:07 p.m.: There were 30 serious and 30 intermediate injuries, Reno Fire Chief Michael Hernandez said.

    Tara Trovato, spokeswoman for the Reno National Championship Air Races, confirms an aircraft crashed into the box seats at the races. She said it did not go into the grandstands.

    "It did crash and it did go into the box seats," Trovato said. She could provide no additional details.

    http://www.rgj.com/article/20110916/...text|FRONTPAGE
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    30 serious 30 intermediate injuries according to Reno Fire Chief
    http://www.rgj.com/article/20110916/...text|FRONTPAGE
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sleuthster View Post
    Jimmy Leewards fan fb

    http://www.facebook.com/JimmyLeeward

    People are posting comments on there now

    Edit-if it was his plane its eerie that the last comment was that he was starting up right then, thats when it supposively happened.
    Comments suggesting he died however that information isn't in the RGJ updates.....as yet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by panthera View Post
    UPDATE at 5:07 p.m.: There were 30 serious and 30 intermediate injuries, Reno Fire Chief Michael Hernandez said.

    Tara Trovato, spokeswoman for the Reno National Championship Air Races, confirms an aircraft crashed into the box seats at the races. She said it did not go into the grandstands.

    "It did crash and it did go into the box seats," Trovato said. She could provide no additional details.

    http://www.rgj.com/article/20110916/...text|FRONTPAGE
    Thanks,

    Here is video of the crash, the "box seats are actually tables in front of the stands http://www.kolotv.com/home/headlines...129997833.html

    This station is reporting 12 dead now.
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    God bless these people and the medical personnel who care for them!!
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    Update at 5:30 p.m.: The situation at Reno-Stead Airport is described as a "mass casualty event" by Mike Draper, a spokesman for the Reno National Championship Air Races. Draper could not provide specific numbers but said emergency protocol is being followed.

    He said the pilot of the crashed aircraft is Jimmy Leeward, piloting the Galloping Ghost. He could provide no information about the pilot's condition.

    Witnesses to today’s crash at the Reno National Championship Air Races are describing a horrific scene, with multiple fatalities and body parts strewn across the tarmac at Reno-Stead Airport.

    “It’s just like a massacre. It’s like a bomb went off,” said Dr. Gerald Lent of Reno, who witnessed the crash. “There are people lying all over the runway.”

    more at http://www.rgj.com/article/20110916/...text|FRONTPAGE

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