Skip to comments.One dead after plane crashes at Reno Air Races
Posted on 09/18/2022 7:35:52 PM PDT by BenLurkin
One person is dead after a single jet went down during the championship round of the Reno Air Races on Sunday afternoon.
Fred Telling, the CEO and president of the Reno Air Racing Association, said the crash happened on lap 3 of 6 during the Jet Gold Race on outer pylon 5. The pilot's name was not released by officials during a news conference.
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Very sad/tragic for him, his family, friends, fans, everyone. To this very inexpert eye, it looked like he could have pulled out of it if he had had a normally functioning aircraft. But I don’t know. I just hate to see things like that. May God take him up in his loving arms.
Thought we heard something earlier today. Over a ridge line from our house. Prayers up.
Racing Jets at Reno?
Who thought that would be a good idea?
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Wow. We know a pilot in the jet silver class. We watched the races up till then. Missed the gold class. Sorry to hear about this.
There have been jet races at Reno for some time.
Wow, that’s a high energy crash.
Could have been a medical issue.
“Racing Jets at Reno? Who thought that would be a good idea?”
Agree, not enough air there.
Jets have been racing at Reno for 20 years. AFAIK, this is the first accident the jet class has ever had.
The jets are exciting to watch, but of the six classes, IMHO the Unlimiteds are the MOST exciting!
The beauty, sound and fury of P-51 Mustangs, R4360 powered Hawker Sea Furies, a Super Corsair, a Russian Yak 11, and several other highly modified WW II aircraft racing each other at 100 feet above the ground a quarter mile in FRont of the Reno grandstand at 500 mph must be seen and heard to appreciate!
“Google” a video of a past Reno Gold Cup race - it won’t don’t do the “real thing” justice, but you can get a small taste of the sound and fury of it all by watching the video.
World’s fastest, most exciting motor sport!
That was my thought, also — pilot incapacitation of some sort.
They’ve been doing the races since ‘64...... Not sure when the jets started.
My first thought watching the video was the pilot was out. Could be a half but the NTSB will determine.
I hadn’t considered that. I wonder what the ideal altitude (above sea level) is for an air race?
“I hadn’t considered that. I wonder what the ideal altitude (above sea level) is for an air race?”
Probably the lower the better, but I was just making a discussion point - don’t know why they need to do it up there, where the ground is already 4500’ above sea level.
Actually the jets have a pretty good safety records. The old war birds not so much.
Full disclosure I have lived very near of the final turn at the Stead Airport/Reno Air Races for 22 years. Aircraft safety is a paramount concern to me.
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