According to officials, a pilot perished in a single-jet collision on Sunday during the Reno National Championship Air Races.
The Reno Air Racing Association reports that the accident occurred in Nevada during the Jet Gold Race. The plane accident and subsequent fire are both captured on video. On the racing association’s YouTube channel, the race was being live streamed, but it has already been removed.
According to Fred Telling, the CEO and president of the Reno Air Racing Association, it happened on lap three of six on outer pylon five.
The only person in the aircraft at the time of the disaster was the pilot. The identity of the pilot is unknown.
Telling stated that all other pilots made safe landings.
The crash has caused the races to be postponed.
The National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration are conducting an investigation.
The Washoe County Sheriff's Office is responding to an Air Races related plane crash in the area of 13945 Red Rock Road. Please avoid the area.
— Washoe Sheriff (@WashoeSheriff) September 18, 2022
Races have a history of plane crashes
During the 49th annual Reno National Championship Air Races in 2011, a jet crashed into the grandstand at the Reno-Stead Airport, killing 11 people and badly injuring another 70.
The plane was pushed over its structural limits, according to the National Transportation Safety Board study.
A year later, modifications were made to the races for safety reasons.
A San Jose-based veteran Air Force pilot died in an experimental aircraft crash in 2014 after a wing malfunctioned.
64-year-old pilot Lee Behel perished in the collision. No other people were hurt.
Every year, thousands of spectators flock to the races to watch the high-performance and experimental aircraft fly wingtip to wingtip as low as 50 feet in the air.
At the Reno Air Races, who crashed?
64-year-old pilot Lee Behel perished in the collision. No other people were hurt. Every year, thousands of spectators flock to the races to watch the high-performance and experimental aircraft fly wingtip to wingtip as low as 50 feet in the air.
How did the Reno Air Races go?
According to KRNV, the plane crashed during the Jet Gold Race on lap three of six at outer pylon 5, causing a brush fire. The CEO and chairman of the Reno Air Racing Association, Fred Telling, reportedly announced the pilot’s passing in a briefing on Sunday night, according to the Reno Gazette-Journal.
The location of the Reno Air Races.
the airport in Reno, the Location of the Reno Air Races
Ten miles to the north of Reno, at the Reno-Stead Airport, are the Reno Air Races. At this time, a large number of vintage and cutting-edge aircraft arrive at this tiny airport in Northern Nevada from all over the world.
What is the admission price for the Reno Air Races?
The cost of admission rises daily. Wednesday’s adult general admission tickets cost $13, Thursday’s are $21, Friday’s are $29, and Saturday’s and Sunday’s are $38.