One pilot was killed when his plane crashed to the ground during an annual air race championship in Nevada on Sunday afternoon, officials said.
The single-engined aircraft was participating in the Jet Gold Race, one of the final events of the National Championship Air Race near Reno, when video show The plane is hitting the ground and erupting in flames.
Officials said no one else was harmed.
WARNING: The video and a photo below depict a crash in the incident, which may be disturbing to some readers.
The pilot’s name was not released during a press conference after the accident.
Fred Telling, CEO of Reno Air, said, “I personally, and we as a board and family, extend our deepest sympathies to the pilot’s family and friends, as well as to the racers and race fans who are on our September make a family.” Racing Association at the press conference.
The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the accident.
The aerial event, first held in 1964, hailed as “the world’s fastest motor sport”, allows participants to fly at speeds in excess of 500 mph.
Back in 2011, a World War II plane participating in the event crashed near the grandstand, killing the pilot, killing 10 people on the ground and injuring scores more. that the accident was blamed On unspecified and unproven modifications made to the aircraft’s older components, higher speeds and aircraft.
The accident led to several changes to the event, including a requirement that participating aircraft undergo safety testing prior to the race. The spectators are also seated away from the race course.