2 pilots killed in crash at Reno air race

Two pilots had been killed Sunday when their planes crashed as they had been touchdown right through an air racing tournament in Reno, Nevada, the Reno Air Racing Affiliation stated.

The crash happened round 2:15 p.m. native time in a “touchdown coincidence” following the T-6 Gold Race on the Nationwide Championship Air Races, the affiliation stated. The planes collided in mid-air, the Federal Aviation Management stated, and the wreckage of the planes ended up a couple of part mile from each and every different, in keeping with the Nationwide Transportation Protection Board. 

The pilots had been known by way of the air racing affiliation as Nick Macy and Chris Speeding. The affiliation described each males as “expertly professional pilots and Gold winners within the T-6 Magnificence.”

The T-6 is a single-engine propeller aircraft that is used for coaching by way of each the U.S. Air Drive and Military, in keeping with the Air Drive. 

AIR RACES: SEP 14 National Championship Air Races
T6 elegance planes at the route right through a warmth race on the fifty fifth Nationwide Championship Air Races on September 14, 2018, in Reno, NV.

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The Federal Aviation Management stated the pilots had been the one folks on board the planes. There have been no reviews of additional deaths or accidents. 

The rest of the races on the tournament had been canceled following the crash.

“I’m utterly devastated and heartbroken these days,” Fred Telling, chairman of the Reno Air Racing Affiliation and president of the T-6 elegance, stated in a remark. “Those two pilots were not simply an integral a part of the Nationwide Championship Air Race circle of relatives, they had been part of my circle of relatives. My center is going out to their very own households and to the entire spectators and enthusiasts who’ve so enthusiastically supported us this week.”  

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