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. TheAviator

    The headline should read Nevada Air Race, not Air Show. It was not an air show. It's a big difference. Huge difference that has a direct bearing on the accident. However, I understand that the writer is not in anyway an aviation expert.

    September 19, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Reload

    I'd much rather die flying or watching an air race or air show than sitting on my couch or in a rush hour auto accident on the 405. However, all of us are far more likely to suffer the ignominy of the latter two fates. Rock on pilots. See you on the tarmac. To the nay-sayers, pull your blanket over your frightened little heads and pass from this life with a whimper.

    September 19, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Juan

    Air Racing is not about be absolutely safe. It's about pushing the limits. Sometimes bad things happen. Bad things happen in Nascar, on a street, on the highway, on boats,....the list goes on.....

    My prays go out for all those affected by this tragedy.

    September 19, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  4. We're all experts

    I am sorry for the families, and I hope they find peace. Armchair experts are everywhere, real men have compassion for their fellow man. Lets bury this for 6 months, and come up with some BS for the Americans to chew NTSB.

    September 19, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  5. SteveD

    Stewie and Stuntpilot have it right, also... these guys make turn after turn a extreme G's and he had a blow out, can the FAA find any thing mechanically wrong when you have nothing more than pieces of a plane no bigger than a dime, and how do you tell the differnece between a broken part and a part that broke impacting the ground.

    September 19, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • BILLJ

      SteveD, it can be done. Take a look back at Flight 800 for example. That plane blew apart in mid-air and sank into the ocean. After all sorts of testing, it was determined that a spark in a fuel tank blew the plane to pieces. If you or anyone else are somewhat technically minded or you just like to read crash investigations as a learning tool, then head over to the FAA's website and start searching aircraft accidents and read. The Flight 800 report is there and gets into exactly what was done to find out, the sciences used was pretty amazing for that many years ago. Imagine what you can find out and learn now

      September 19, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      There are lots of ways to tell a broken part from flight from one that hit the ground. Cables that get worn through are different from those that snap. Propellers that are damaged while spinning are different from those that are not spinning, and this can indicate if the engine was still operating normally. ...

      September 19, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  6. glu

    Simply horrific, so sad for those affected by this.

    September 19, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  7. James

    "whether the plane's apparently damaged elevator trim tab.....played a role in the nosedive crash"...ya think?! People said the pilot was working the throttle so the engine was working ok. He probably lost elevator control which caused him to go into a dive.

    September 19, 2011 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • macaroo

      The elevator trim tab is used to maintain a neutral feel to the stick. It would not cause him to do a roll at the top of his climb. That would be caused by a extreme aileron movement. That is a dogfight air combat move used commonly in WWII to allow a faster aircraft to shake off a trailing enemy and get behind for a fatal gun burst.

      September 19, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  8. dan

    chucknorris is right,
    he meant to put it as gently as he could,put the crash was spectacular
    next time use your brains and look at it from a distencei for one dont want planes chasing after each other at 400 mph over my head
    rest creatures in peace

    September 19, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Buckeye

    I dont think that his intentions were to cause harm to anyone at this event! Everything we do in life has its dangers, nothing is 100% safe. It was very unfortunate that this happened.

    September 19, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mahna Mahna

    I guess that makes the rest of the audience idiots who have no idea they're there for your entertainment. What if people found the death of your own family and friends to be entertaining? Let me guess– you don't have any.

    September 19, 2011 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Rt23 North

    Joe, I think u need an education. Take Rt23 north. Accidents happen, everday on the road accidents happen.
    According to witnesses the PILOT did everything he could to avoid further injury n death. Have you done everything you could do see the big picture here

    September 19, 2011 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Liberty Queen

    While the pilot most likely did not want to nose dive into spectators, the fact remains he slammed into dozens of people and the claim that he 'tried' to avoid them is pure horse pucky.

    September 19, 2011 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • nostradoofus

      Oh...I see. You were the plane with him. Idiot.

      September 19, 2011 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jim

    Can the editors get it through their incredibly thick heads that this wasn't an airshow? It was the National Air Races.

    September 19, 2011 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Derweissengel

    Imagine if they were racing with F-16's!

    September 19, 2011 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  15. pmk1953

    I agree, it was an air RACE, not an air SHOW. I also get p.o.'d when the news media calls a street race drag racing.

    September 19, 2011 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
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