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 to 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.
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