AirTranTUS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (6 years 3 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 2528 times:
There have been two fatal crashes at Reno in the first three days of the race. The first was a biplane that stalled after takeoff, and the second was the pilot of an L-39 Albatross who may have gotten caught in the wake of the jet ahead of him, according to officials. Thursday afternoon's competitions were cancelled, but are expected to resume tomorrow. http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,296742,00.html
Very sad news and I hope this does not affect future races in any way.
Including these two crashes, there have only been 17 fatal crashes in the 44 years of the race. It is unfortunate that the number of deaths at the race increased by more than 10% in one year.
This thread is different than this one: First Crash Of Reno Air Races 2007 (by SlamClick Sep 4 2007 in Civil Aviation)
That crash had no fatalities, and this thread is to discuss the two that have occurred since then.
Phishphan70 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 260 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (6 years 3 months 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 2162 times:
really sad to hear about these three lives lost already this year. my thoughs are with the familys of all those killed and injured in these accidents and i hope that no more damage is done to any property or people this year. the reno air race is by far my favorite event of the year every year, and there is a great emergency response team there, led by the Cheif of the Reno Fire Dept named Chuc Lowden, who is a great guy and really knows his stuff. hopefully, no more emergency response is needed and we have some good, safe races!
UPS707 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 356 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (6 years 3 months 6 days ago) and read 1869 times:
I'm up here now and hoping for a couple days of uneventful racing after what has gone on in the last couple of days. It's always sad when people lose their lives in things like this, but they know what they are doing and enjoy doing it. Jason was real lucky this morning and definately had someone watching over him bearing in mind what happened out there. We can only hope that things keep going in his favor and he continues to recover, and of course our hearts go out to the friends and families of those who weren't as fortunate.