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3 Killed Over 50 Injured At Reno Air Show In Nevada

3 people were killed and over 50 injured at the Reno Air Show in Nevada as plane crashes into the grandstand, killing pilot Jimmy Leeward on impact.

3 people were killed and over 50 injured at the Reno Air Show in Nevada as plane crashes into the grandstand, killing pilot Jimmy Leeward on impact.

Three people were killed on Friday at the Reno Air Show in Reno Nevada and at least 5o more were injured when a P-51 Mustang airplane crashed into the edge of the crowd. The plane was a fighter plane from the World War II era, and was flown by Jimmy Leeward who was killed in the crash.

Leeward was a Hollywood stunt pilot, and reports are saying that it looked as though he knew he was going to crash and tried to avoid the grandstands at the National Championship Air Races at Reno Stead Airport. With more than twelve people in critical condition, the number killed is unfortunately expected to rise.

Emergency crews took the injured to three local hospitals, although spectators also took some of the less seriously injured, and Gov. Brian Sandoval said during a news conference that the area hospitals were in need of blood for the injured, and he encouraged people to donate their blood.

There were thousands at the event, including relatives and friends of Leeward, all of whom watched in horror as he seemed to lose control of his plane as it headed nose first into the spectators. Leeward was 74 and was the owner of the Leeward Air Ranch Racing Team. He died immediately the plane impacted the grandstand. The plane was capable of reaching over 500 mph.

The air show which opened on Wednesday, was scheduled to last through the entire weekend, but after the deadly crash this is not possible as the National Transportation Safety Board, NTSB, needs to go through all the debris produced by the crash to determine what exactly went wrong and caused this horrible event.

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