NTSB Investigates Air Show Crash that Kills 10

By Peter DePaolis

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) continues its investigation of the fatal air show crash that occurred earlier this month in Reno, Nevada. So far, 10 people lost their lives when a vintage World War II airplane crashed into bleachers filled with spectators. In addition, four victims remain in the hospital with serious injuries from the crash and resulting fire and explosion.

According to an NTSB investigator, the airplane carried a video camera and a data-recording device. Investigators found the memory cards from those devices at the crash scene. The NTSB will examine the data for any information on what caused the plane to crash. An NTSB spokesperson said the pilot did not make a mayday distress call before crashing, as had been previously reported.

The full investigation could take up to nine months, added the NTSB spokesperson. Witnesses of the crash said that the pilot attempted to swerve his plane at the last minute, which likely saved lives on the ground. The pilot perished in the air show accident.

The Reno air show crash was the second in as many days. The day prior, a pilot lost his life in an air show crash in West Virginia. Officials are questioning the overall safety of air shows in the wake of the two disasters. The airplanes fly low to the ground, putting spectators in danger. Get in touch with our office today to learn more.

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About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.