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Reno police say 9 people killed in Reno air crash

 


RENO, Nev. — Reno police say a total of nine people have died in a crash of a World War II-era plane at an air race.

AP Photo/Ward Howes

A P-51 Mustang airplane is shown right before crashing at the Reno Air show on Friday in Reno, Nev. A World War II-era fighter plane flown by a veteran Hollywood stunt pilot plunged Friday into the edge of the grandstands during a popular air race, killing three people, injuring more than 50 spectators and creating a horrific scene strewn with smoking debris.

The deaths include seven who were killed on the tarmac, including the pilot, and two others who died at hospitals.

The new death toll was announced at a briefing with local and federal investigators.

Investigators say they are examining the site, gathering information and are encouraged by the large number of photos and videos available to them.

They have not speculated on a cause but organizers pointed to a possible mechanical failure.

 

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