10 dead in Reno air race--new video surfaces

10 dead in Reno air race--new video surfaces

Reno : NV : USA | Sep 19, 2011 at 7:43 PM PDT
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Friday, Sept. 16, young and old alike came to The National Championship Air Races in Reno just like many years before, but this race ended with the title: "The nation's Deadliest Air Racing Disaster," as so far ten have died from a horrific accident that occurred that late afternoon.

A WWII-era P-51 Mustang fighter plane called The Galloping Ghost, violently crashed to the ground when the 74-year old stunt pilot lost control of his craft, as it dove into the VIP section without enough warning to even compute it was coming--thereby leaving all seated spectators vulnerable.

Some of the deceased make up a story of the common demographic in attendance on that Friday which include the pilot 74-year old, James Leeward; 47-year old Sharon Stewart of Reno; Greg Morcom, 47, of Marysville, Wash.; originally from Bellingham, Wash., George Hewitt, 60, and Wendy Hewitt, 57, both of Fort Mohave, Ariz.; wheelchair bound Michael Wogan, 22, of Scottsdale, Ariz.; and 53-year old Regina Bynum of San Angelo, Texas.

The Miami Herald put together vignettes of victims of the crash.

Most people have seen the original Youtube Video of Friday's Reno air race crash but the Today Show released a new video Monday that shows a closer look at the plane just before hitting the ground and after.

New video surfaces of Reno Air Show

Also, the Sacramento Bee put together a frame by frame photographic collection of the race and scenes in the days following.

Photographic story of the air race crash

Finally, BuzzFeed selected four videos from four angles of the tragedy.

P51 crash from four angles

The Associated Press reported: Michael Wogan was the only deceased who sat in a wheelchair during the crash but his mom who trusts in God and believes in Heaven said, "Michael is running around now on legs never before used."

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Wendy and George Hewitt were killed in an air race crash in Reno on Sept. 16, 2011. The 60-year-old former Air Canada pilot and his 57-year-old wife, a former Red Cross volunteer, had retired and moved to Arizona. (Facebook)
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  • 2 more named in deadly Reno air crash

      Austin America-Statesman/Texas Longhorns
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      Austin America-Statesman/Texas Longhorns
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      Sun Sentinel
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      The Guardian
    Paul Sakuma/AP A 10th person has died from injuries sustained when a world war two-era fighter crashed near the grandstands at a Nevada air race last week, officials said. Federal safety investigators were trying to determine what caused 74-year-old...
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      Charlotte Observer Online
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