Casualties at Nevada Air Race Crash

According to a medical official, at least 56 people were injured and 3 died when an airplane crashed near the grandstand at the Reno Air Races, in Reno, Nevada. Some spectators were near the crash site, but details on casualties have yet to be determined. This was the latest tragedy from a string of air show crashes in the United States.

Last month, in Kansas City, an airplane had also crashed during a show. No spectators were reported to have been injured in that incident, but the pilot died upon impact. Another crash happened, also last month, at a show in Michigan in which a professional stuntman fell to his death while he was “wing walking” (walking on the wings of an aircraft).

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This was a mid-air collision at an air show in Radom, Poland (2007). Though not commonplace, a string of fatal crashes at air shows in recent years should motivate officials in re-evaluating safety regulations, for both the performers and the spectators, at such events.


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