Two pilots have been killed Sunday when their planes collided in midair throughout an air race in Reno, Nevada, authorities stated.
The 2 planes — a North American T-6G and a North American AT-6B — crashed at roughly 2 p.m. native time through the remaining day of competitors on the Nationwide Championship Air Races. Solely two pilots have been on board the aircraft on the time of the collision, in line with the Federal Aviation Administration.
The Reno Air Racing Affiliation recognized the pilots as Nick Macy and Chris Dashing, who died whereas making an attempt to land on the finish of the race. Their households have been notified. The remainder of the races have been canceled on Sunday.
“I’m completely devastated and devastated as we speak. These two pilots weren’t solely an integral a part of the Nationwide Championship Air Racing household, they have been a part of my household.” He said Fred Tilling, president of the Reno Air Racing Affiliation.
In keeping with the T-6 Racing AssociationMacy was from Tullek in Northern California and flew a T-6G in North America referred to as the “Six Cat.” Dashing was primarily based in Van Nuys in Southern California and flew a North American AT-6B referred to as the Baron’s Revenge.
The tragic accident occurred on the ultimate day of the well-known air races, which have been held for the final time ever this yr in Reno. The competitors has been held at Reno Stead Airport for 59 years, however the airport stated it will now not host the occasion “citing vital progress within the space amongst different issues,” the Reno Air Racing Affiliation board of administrators stated. He said Again in March.
Over time, Reno Air Races has had a historical past of crashes. Earlier than final weekend’s accident, not less than 32 individuals, lots of them pilots, had died within the occasion since 1972, in line with Renault Gazette Magazine.
The deadliest incident was in 2011, when The plane lost control It fell to the bottom close to the seating space, killing the pilot and 10 spectators. Dozens of others have been injured.
Nationwide Transportation Security Board He said It’s investigating Sunday’s accident, together with the Federal Aviation Administration and native authorities.