Reno Air Race Tragedy

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Pilot Jimmy Leeward
Longtime Reno Air Race pilot Jimmy Leeward with his P51 Mustang, "The Galloping Ghost." A spokesman for Reno's National Championship Air Races says the P-51 Mustang that crashed into a box seat area at the front of the grandstand Friday, Sept. 16, 2011, at the air race was piloted by Leeward. An official reported Friday that Leeward, 74, of Ocala, Fla., was killed in the crash.
(Photo credit by AP Photo/The Reno Gazette-Journal, Marilyn Newton)
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Reno Air Races Trophies
Reno Air Races trophies are being awarded early in Reno, Nev. , Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011. The Reno Air Races were canceled after a plane crash on Friday killed several people and injured dozens of others at the event.
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A P-51 Mustang Airplane
A P-51 Mustang airplane is shown upside down right before crashing into the stands at the Reno Air show on Friday, Sept. 16, 2011, in Reno Nevada.
(Photo credit by Tim O'Brien,AP Photo/Grass Valley Union)
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The P-51 Mustang Airplane Crashing
A P-51 Mustang airplane is shown right before crashing at the Reno Air show on Friday, Sept. 16, 2011, in Reno, Nevada.
(Photo credit by AP Photo/Ward Howes)
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The P-51 Mustang Airplane Crashing
The P-51 Mustang airplane moments before crashing.
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The P-51 Mustang Airplane Crash
A P-51 Mustang airplane crashes into the edge of the grandstands at the Reno Air show on Friday, Sept. 16, 2011 in Reno, Nevada. The World War II-era fighter plane flown by a veteran Hollywood stunt pilot Jimmy Leeward plunged Friday into the grandstands during the popular air race creating a horrific scene strewn with smoking debris.
A P-51 Mustang airplane crashes into the edge of the grandstands at the Reno Air show on Friday, Sept. 16, 2011 in Reno, Nevada. (AP)
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The P-51 Mustang Airplane Crash
A P-51 Mustang airplane crashes into the edge of the grandstands at the Reno Air show on Friday, Sept. 16, 2011, in Reno, Nevada. The World War II-era fighter plane flown by a veteran Hollywood stunt pilot Jimmy Leeward plunged Friday into the edge of the grandstands during the popular air race creating a horrific scene strewn with smoking debris.
(Photo credit by AP Photo/Ward Howes)
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The P-51 Mustang Airplane Crash
A World War II era fighter plane plunged during a popular annual air show, injuring at least 75 spectators and leaving a horrific scene of bodies and wreckage on Sept. 16, 2011.
(Photo credit by CBS News)
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The P-51 Mustang Airplane Crash
Spectators and debris are seen after a P-51 Mustang airplane crashed at the Reno Air show on Friday, Sept. 16, 2011, in Reno, Nev. The plane plunged into the stands at the event in what an official described as a "mass casualty situation."
(Photo credit by Tim O'Brien,AP Photo/Grass Valley Union)
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The P-51 Mustang Airplane Crash
In this video image courtesy of KOLO-TV, workers look at wreckage at the Reno Air Races in Reno, Nev. on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011. A vintage World War II-era fighter plane plunged into the grandstands Friday during a popular annual air show.
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The P-51 Mustang Airplane Crash
Debris from the plane that crashed at the Reno Air Races are seen scattered in front of the grandstand at the Stead Airport on Friday, Sept. 16, 2011, in Stead, Nev. A World War II era fighter plane plunged into the grandstands Friday during a popular annual air show, injuring at least 75 spectators and leaving a horrific scene of bodies and wreckage.
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Air Show Crash
People gather at the scene where a Second World War fighter plane crashed into the stands at the Reno Air Races. Friday, Sept. 16, 2011, in Stead, Nev. Witnesses said the plane spiraled suddenly out of control and appeared to disintegrate upon impact. Reno Air Races president and CEO Mike Houghton says that among the dead is pilot Jimmy Leeward, 80, of Ocala, Fla.
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Reno National Championship Air Races
A vintage World War II-era fighter plane plunged into the grandstands Friday during a popular annual air show, killing at least three people, injuring more than 50 spectators at the Reno Air Races in Stead, Nev. , on Friday, Sept. 16, 2011.
(Photo credit by AP Photo)
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Reno National Championship Air Races
Medics help injured bystanders out of a helicopter into Renown Medical Center after a plane crashed into the crowd at the Reno National Championship Air Races Friday, Sept. 16, 2011, in Reno, Nev.
(Photo credit by AP Photo/The Reno Gazette-Journal, Liz Margerum)
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Reno National Championship Air Races
Medics wheel a man into Renown Medical Center after a plane crashed into the crowd at the Reno National Championship Air Races at the Reno National Championship Air Races, Friday, Sept. 16, 2011, in Reno, Nev. A World War II era fighter plane plunged into the grandstands Friday during a popular annual air show, injuring at least 75 spectators and leaving a horrific scene of bodies and wreckage.
(Photo credit by AP Photo)
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Reno National Championship Air Races
A sign is seen with a ribbon near the front gates of an airport at the Reno Air Races, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011, in Reno, Nev. The scene of a Reno air race crash that killed nine people, including the pilot, on Friday revealed the violence of the plane's missile-like impact, a crater in the tarmac roughly 3 feet deep and 8 feet across with debris spread out over more than an acre.
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Reno National Championship Air Races
Crew members move Pitts stunt planes after the Reno Air Races were canceled in Reno, Nev. , Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011, after a plane crash on Friday killed several people and injured dozens of others at the event.
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Reno National Championship Air Races
Sean Moran picks up a petal from a memorial site of signs, flags, candles and a balloon in Reno, Nev. , Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011, near the airport where the Reno Air Races were held. The Reno Air Races was can celled after pilot Jimmy Leeward crashed his plane on Friday, killing nine people, including himself.
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Reno National Championship Air Races
Flowers, stuff animals, and candles are seen at the airport where the Reno Air Races were held, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011, in Reno, Nev. The scene of the Reno air race crash that killed nine people, including the pilot, on Friday shows the violence of the plane's missile-like impact, a crater in the tarmac roughly 3 feet deep and 8 feet across with debris spread out over more than an acre.
(Photo credit by AP Photo)
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Reno National Championship Air Races
Security directs traffic at the entrance of an airport where the Reno Air Races was held in Reno, Nev. , Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011. The scene of the Reno air race crash that killed nine people, including the pilot, on Friday shows the violence of the plane's missile-like impact, a crater in the tarmac roughly 3 feet deep and 8 feet across with debris spread out over more than an acre.
(Photo credit by AP Photo)
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Air Show Crash
Lori Juhl displays a piece of the wreckage of a World War II-era P-51 aircraft that crashed during the Reno Air Race n Reno, Nev., Friday, Sept. 16, 2011. Juhl said she was about 100 feet from the site where the vintage plane crashed and found the fragment by her purse. The pilot of the plane, Jimmy Leward, 74, and two others on the ground were confirmed dead; 56 others were transported to local hospitals. The cause of the crash is unknown.
(Photo credit by AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
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Mike Houghton (L), president of the Reno Air Racing Association
Mike Houghton, president of the Reno Air Racing Association, left, holds a news conference after a vintage World War II-era fighter plane plunged into the grandstands during a popular annual air show, killing at least three people, injuring more than 50 spectators at the Reno Air Races in Stead, Nev., on Friday, Sept. 16, 2011.
(Photo credit by AP Photo/Kevin Clifford)
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Ed Larson
Patient Ed Larson gestures during a new conference at a hospital in Reno, Nev. , Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011 about the how the plane crash happened in front of him. The Reno Air Races was cancelled after pilot Jimmy Leeward plane crashed on Friday that killed nine people, including Leeward, authorities say.
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Ed Larson
Patient Ed Larson, left, is escorted from a new conference with his wife, Sherry, left, and other nurses at a hospital in Reno, Nev. , Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011 about the injuries he sustained after a plane crash. The Reno Air Races was canceled after pilot Jimmy Leeward plane crashed on Friday that killed nine people, including Leeward, authorities say.
(Photo credit by AP Photo)
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Rev. Thomas Babu
The Rev. Thomas Babu gives a moment of silence for the victims of the Reno Air Races plane crash, during a service at St. Michael Catholic Church, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011, in Reno, Nev. The church is only a few blocks from where the Reno Air Races were held and the crash that killed the pilot, Jimmy Leeward, and eight spectators, occurred.
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Air Show Crash
Mary Bartlett, 79, reads about the crash of a World War II era fighter plane at the Reno Air Races in the Reno Gazzette-Journal newspaper, in Reno, Nev. , Saturday, Sept, 17, 2011. Bartlett, who has attended the race for more than 40 years, was sitting in a camp ground outside the site of the race. Stanton is one of the more than 200 people who came to the center to give blood for those injured in the crash of a World War II era plane at the Reno Air Races. Nine people, including the pilot were reported dead from the crash that injured more than 50.
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Reno Air Races in Reno
American flag and the POW flag fly at half-staff as a grandstand is shown in background and a plane rests in the foreground at the Reno Air Races in Reno, Nev. , Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011. The Reno Air Races were canceled after a fatal plane crash on Friday.
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