2 pilots dead in collision at National Championship Air Races in Nevada

Two pilots had been killed Sunday when their planes collided upon touchdown on the Nationwide Championship Air Races in Reno, Nevada, race organizers mentioned.

The planes collided about 2:15 p.m. on the finish of the occasion’s T-6 Gold race, the Reno Air Racing Affiliation mentioned in an announcement.

The pilots haven’t been publicly recognized.

Racing was suspended as first responders and investigators descended on the scene at Reno Stead Airport, the affiliation mentioned.

No different deaths or accidents had been reported.

The Nationwide Transportation Security Board mentioned it might examine.

The T-6 class of racing pits “inventory,” propeller-driven North American Aviation T-6 Texan plane, first flown as coaching planes within the prewar period, in contests of velocity and agility.

The annual races started Wednesday and had been scheduled to conclude Sunday.

On Sept. 18, 2022, a jet-propelled Aero L-29 Delfín racing in a last crashed behind a residential space in Reno, killing the pilot.

In 2011, a number of spectators had been killed when a Nineteen Forties-model aircraft slammed right into a crowded tarmac on the occasion. 9 individuals, together with at the least seven on the bottom and the pilot, had been killed.

Dennis Romero

Jay Blackman and Linda Takahashi contributed.

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