September 19th, 2011
11:31 AM ET

Nevada air show death toll rises to 10

The death toll from a crash at an air race at Reno, Nevada, has risen to 10, one of the hospitals treating patients from Friday's accident said Monday.

Close to 70 people were injured in the incident, which occurred Friday.

National Transportation Safety Board member Mark Rosekind said investigators are looking at whether the plane's apparently damaged elevator trim tab - whose breaking apart was captured in a photograph - played a role in the nosedive crash. Authorities do not know why the aircraft went down.

A full investigation could take six to nine months, Rosekind said.

Investigators will be poring over a trove of spectators' videos and photos, he said.

"It seems there were a tremendous number of cameras and video that was captured," he said. "On the one hand, it's an excellent source of information, but on the other hand, there's not a lot of other specific components from the wreckage that at this point we can identify."

At the time of the crash, three NTSB investigators happened to be at the air show - a common practice - and one of them has been appointed investigator in charge, Rosekind said.

The board will look at safety oversight and the placement of the grandstands for the air race, Rosekind said.

soundoff (235 Responses)
  1. too nice

    People arent meant to fly. As a mormon I know and respect this fact. We are not birds or fish.

    September 19, 2011 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
    • SAM I am

      too are not a mormon, Latter Day Saints do not have any issues with flying and fly all of the time. John Huntsman senior and Junior have a fleet of airplanes. The LDS prophets fly all of the time.
      Get real

      September 19, 2011 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Darrell

      If people weren't meant to fly your God wouldn't have given us the ability to figure out how

      September 19, 2011 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeff Williams

      """People arent meant to fly."""

      We're not birds or fish? So we're not meant to travel by boat, either? Maybe we're also not meant to travel faster than we can run? What exactly is your point?

      People aren't meant to live past 30 years, either. But we do, and it's because of science.

      September 19, 2011 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Peter Pan

      You misspelled moron.

      September 19, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |

      If you are a Mormon you are pretty dumb. General Authorities of the church do it all of the time.
      If you are not which is probably the case you are a mindless troll and bigot

      September 19, 2011 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Troll Killer

      Must be some kind of law.
      A moron on every thread.

      September 19, 2011 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
    • reality

      First off the LDS faith as a whole is a farce. Joseph Smith...your prophet who found gold tablets from god....happened to stumble on them from a buddy of his in the shipping business who excavated the Mayan ruins in Tulum Mexico..where there just happens to be missing gold tablets with symbols that matched a lot of the "eye witness accounts" of Smith's followers...oh yea he was married to like 8 girls...10 women who had some research.....also he never revealed the tablets without the guise and showmanship of an illusionist...thus creating an entire religion of his hallucinations

      September 19, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Achmed Fubar

      since we're not fish I guess you don't swim either?

      September 19, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • blah9999

      "If god wanted us to fly he would have given us wings!" blah blah, stupid. If god didn't want us to invent a way for us to fly, he wouldn't have given us brains.

      September 19, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • fyew

      do you need a hug? is there a reason you are desperatly pulling at straws to get negative attention? try getting some therapy, better yet........ go to church !!!! ;P haha lol there is a definite cheauvanistic vibe when it comes to people bashing the lds church. . if you are so much better and soooo upset that you feel we judge you maybe you should look at your life and change for the better?? or go get educated about the church ?? if you just believe what everyone who has negative or opposing views about the church has to say, then you are just ignorant. go learn a thing or two before you write or speak or no one is ever going to respect you.. just sayin!!

      September 19, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Uh, yeah...

      What exactly does "" have to do with your insight that "people aren't meant to fly"?? By the way, we probably aren't meant to use this evil technology that launches our thoughts and expressions to millions of people though the keyboard you are typing on either...

      September 19, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Pretty ignorant statement but, coming from a moron, it's expected.

      September 19, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • mikeb

      Is that Mormon or moron?

      September 19, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • mk2

      Guys please do not feed this ridicoulous troll

      September 19, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  2. amish abrahim

    I agree with you 100 percent. We need to simplify. Life wouldd be better for all.

    September 19, 2011 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  3. Risengrom

    Only retards allow to fly planes over crowd of people!

    September 19, 2011 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
    • jaime from charlotte, nc

      only idiots do not know how to construct a sentence and use the word 'retard.'

      September 19, 2011 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |

      You do realize thousands of flights take place all over the world, and therefore over populated areas, every day without incident.

      September 19, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Risengrom

      jaime from charlotte, it seems like you are one of them, abviously. The grammar chat is that way. You brainless troll!

      September 19, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • db

      Praytell how do aircraft take off an land at major city airports where they are surrounded by people?

      September 19, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Risengrom

      Planes not suppose to fall straight down (10 dergree angle) on crowd of people at any airshow.

      September 19, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Risengrom

      Especially when flying ww2 planes…

      September 19, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • No duh?

      I'm pretty sure, correct me if I'm wrong... -Pretty- sure, it was -not intended- to fly straight into the crowd and the ground. I may be wrong about that, he may have done it on purpose, as you are implying, but it looks like an unfortunate series of events to me, Risengrom

      September 19, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Risengrom

      No duh, i don't know if it was intenteded or nor. But what i am tying to pointed out that his flight traectory was above the crowd considering straight fall down.

      September 19, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ravex24

      The fight plan was not above the crowd. The crowd is placed 1/4 mile off the track. This plane did some very unexpected manuver and with the pilot passed out, as I believe after watching the vids and seeing the pics, there was no way for him to correct the path of the plane. I know some people say he pulled up to avoid the crowd but after seeing it, it was just the way the plane was going anyways.

      September 19, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banks

    I'm sure the last thing he thought was to make sure no suffered other than him. Thoses pilots and all pilots put everybody and everything before them. His death, was a great loss. And he will be missed and accidents do happen. His wings were his life and he's given it all to sore hi in the sky forever at his side. Amen

    September 19, 2011 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeff Williams

      """I'm sure the last thing he thought was to make sure no suffered other than him"""

      I would agree that he would not want to take anyone with him, but if you look at the photos you would see he was not in control of the plane at all.

      September 19, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  5. purnellmeagrejr

    I agree; we should eat nuts and berries that we find in the forest and only subscribe to Basic Cable.

    September 19, 2011 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  6. Wind

    This was a a sad event for all involved, but all life comes with risk. If you live your live scared of everything, what fun would that be? I have been at Reno for the unlimited air races, and it is exhilarating to watch. I didn't have to attend, but I accepted the risk for the enjoyment. For those who claim it is too dangerous and scoff at those who attend, I have but one thing to say:

    If you can't soar with the eagles, I guess you'll have to peck $h!t with the chickens!

    September 19, 2011 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  7. amish abrahim

    Flying is dangerous. People do not have wings and feathers for a reason. Plus no one needs to be 30000 feet up in the sky. No sense in it.

    September 19, 2011 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
    • bigdaddy

      What rock did you crawl out from under?

      September 19, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bethany

      The amish can't even use computers! Silly Abrahim. (Abraham??)

      September 19, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Dennis

    @too nice.. We're meant to have the ability to communicate in a virtual environment either but we can, and you are. If you want to go live in the woods and burn buffalo chips to heat your tent and cook your food go for it. Don't make stupid comments about technology while being hypocritical and embracing it. Technology is awesome and what separates us from the rest of the animal kingdom. @ Amish.. what are you even doing on a computer? Shouldn't you be raising a barn somewhere?

    September 19, 2011 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  9. Stewie

    Life is only worth living with challenges and doing more than we thought possible. You folks are clearly not living your lives to the fullest...which is fine for you but most of us would be bored.

    September 19, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  10. Mikey

    a. Aircraft do not overfly spectators at the Reno Air Races. b. First injuries or fatalities at this event in over 40 years. c. Unless the pilot was unconscious, he did try to miss the crowd. The fact that his aircraft was probably uncontrollable due to in-flight damage to one of the control surfaces makes his efforts even more heroic. Don't be so quick to criticize things you know nothing about.

    September 19, 2011 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Risengrom

      A. If aircraft do not overfly spectators at the Reno Air Races, it wouldn't fall straight down on them. B. I wonder how many shows were there in past 40 years – two?

      September 19, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Risentroll?

      Considering tens of thousands of commercial jets fly overhead in place like Seattle, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Atlanta and very few deaths are ever recorded at all, your point of 'flying over the crowd" is moot. Also, you realize planes travel at over two hundred miles an hour. Most need a hundred fifty at the bare minimum to even get any lift., let alone take off. A plane from the WWII era could break and veer completely off course and slam into a crowd in SPLIT SECONDS. One does not need to fly directly over a crowd, to suddenly have their plane careening towards them.

      September 19, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Risengrom

      Risentroll, good one, this nickname fits you right in. Your blood line obviously traces come from racist rednecks or worst. America is great, but what I can't stand is hypocritic morons like you.

      September 19, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • mikey

      @risengrom in the last 40 years, there were exactly 40 air races at Reno-Stead. It's in Wikipedia.

      September 19, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  11. tony

    Wow! Those Corporate aircraft tax breaks really do create lots of jobs!

    September 19, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  12. amish abrahim

    I know many mormon. Some choose to fly and some choose not to. The church does not speak out against flying. TOO NICE may just not enjoy it themselves.

    September 19, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  13. sammy sozo

    I think it's about time to put all air shows to rest. We need to start rethinking what we need as entertainment and what has the potential for needless accidents. Is this or any air show worth the risk?

    September 19, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Uh, yeah...

      I agree!! We should start to rethink all entertainment – people falling trying to catch a foul ball, car crashes, broken limbs and torn achilles during football games, blisters from throwing darts, etc. Sit at home checkers, but play safely. We should go back to the old days when entertainment was safe and in the days of gladiators...

      September 19, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Buckeye Gal

    Ok, really people? Why all these negative, snarky comments on each others' posts? Who cares if a person isn't gramatically correct or that they have their own opinion? Isn't that we Americans are supposed to stand for? Freedom of speech?

    I don't know, I clicked on this story to read the update and just happened to start reading these comments. So sad. Part of the reason the world is in the shape we're in. Intolerance of differences. Wish I hadn't read now.

    September 19, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Buckeye Gal

      Oops, sorry.... did I misspell "grammatically?" C'mon, who's gonna rip me a new one or make fun of me??

      September 19, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bethany

      Dibs. This IS America and we speak english here...and we have schools – which is why it's so pertinent to use proper grammar. Not using proper grammar or spelling makes you look like a complete idiot. 🙂

      September 19, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Risengrom

      Bethany, matter fact in most cases people who pick on grammar and spelling look like complete idiots. Don't forget you live in America where more than half if it's population originated from other countries. English is my third language, and I've never went to school here. I would love to see your grammar skills somewhere on chinese forums...

      September 19, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Risentroll?

      More than half? If you want origin stories, most British, French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Polish people came from the viking regions due to the Visigoth and Ostrogoth migrations. So not even a German is "originated from Germany." However, we are all Americans. And we speak Merriam-Webster English. It's good that you have learned it, but you need to elarn geographical, geopolitical, and historical population migrations before you spout some BS about "more than half of Americans originate elsewhere." My blood traces to the English and Germans since the 1750s. My "country of Origin" is a country my family helped make. As are many Americans who are here. if you consider yourself American? You originate from America. Otherwise, you're German, Chinese, Mongolian, Turkmenistani, Bangledeshi, Sikh, or where ever else you're from. And if you don't consider yourself America, why the bloody hell come here? Go back whence you came if you don't like us.

      September 19, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Risengrom

      Risentroll, Keep your stories to yourself. What does it have to do with language, grammar and spelling? There are people in this country who don't even speak english, native americans who live here longer than you and not know grammar or how to wright properly. What is your point? Perhaps that you should go back to your racist moronic cave. You not part of us, you belong elsewhere.

      September 19, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  15. RUFFNUTT ( Somalian pirate & fisherman )

    suks they got killed... but if you goto a airshow.. people know there is a chance that something bad will happen...
    jsut like monster truck shows and race events... there is always a chance of a freak accident..

    September 19, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
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