Monday, 19 September 2011

Nevada Plane Crash Death Toll Likely to Increase

At least nine people have been confirmed dead in a plane crash at an air show in Nevada, but officials believe that the number is likely to increase. More than 50 people were injured in the accident, and at least 15 were reported to be in critical condition. Several more victims were reported to be in serious condition. The number of injured could be even higher because many of the people left for local hospitals in private vehicles and were not counted in official totals.

The crash occurred at the National Championship Air Races and Air Show in Reno, Nevada, and involved a vintage World War II plane. There were thousands of spectators watching the show, when one of the planes went out of control and crashed into the VIP seating area. The pilot and two spectators died instantly. The other victims died in the hospital.

The pilot was a seventy-four-year-old man who had decades of flying on his record. He was a prominent presence in the local flying community. He has been participating in the air show in Reno at least since 1975.

The National Transportation Safety Board will soon begin its investigation into the tragedy. The Board is expected to point to the causes of the crash. Currently, it seems as if a mechanical malfunction with the plane was to blame, but it's too early to say.

Witnesses spoke of a horribly gory post-crash scene, strewn with body parts, and dozens lying injured. This wasn't the first disaster at the National Championship Air Races. Back in 1994, a crash killed two pilots, and two separate incidents in 2007 and 2008 killed a total of four pilots.

The crash is raising concerns among California plane crash lawyers about the safety of such air shows. Around the world, there have been several crashes caused during such air shows recently, including at least two fatal crashes last month in the U.S.

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