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Mass casualties as plane crashes into crowd at air show

Other News Materials 17 September 2011 08:12
A dozen people were reported killed and more than 60 injured when a World War II plane crashed into a crowd of spectators at an air show in Nevada Friday.
Mass casualties as plane crashes into crowd at air show

A dozen people were reported killed and more than 60 injured when a World War II plane crashed into a crowd of spectators at an air show in Nevada Friday, DPA reported.

The death toll reported by Reno television station KOLO could not immediately be confirmed.

Other local stations reported two confirmed deaths. The Reno Gazette said the P51 Mustang called the "Galloping Ghost" was being flown by well-known stunt pilot Jimmy Leeward, who died in the crash.

Organizers called the incident a "mass casualty situation" and MSNBC quoted rescue workers as saying that 75 were injured, 25 critically.

Witnesses said the plane slammed into the ground in front of grandstand filled with spectators at the Reno National Championship Air Races, sending debris and shrapnel flying into the crowd.

"There were lots of bodies with missing parts," Greg Schwab of Provo, Utah, told the Gazette. "I did not see a single person standing."

"It was the most sickening thing I've ever seen just watching the plane, there was no plane left," witness Greg Erny said.

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