Toll in US Air Show Accident Rises to 10

Washington, Sep 20 (IANS/EFE): The toll in last week's air show accident in Reno, Nevada, rose to 10 after the death of another seriously injured victim, a media report said.

The spokeswoman at Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center, Jamii Uboldi, said that the patient who died was a man but she refused to provide his name, age or the city of his residence, the Las Vegas Sun reported Monday.

Last Friday, a World War II-era fighter plane crashed into a grandstand full of spectators who had come to see the National Championship Air Races and Air Show, held every September in Reno.

The crash happened suddenly, giving the audience virtually no time to react before the plane ploughed into the stands at high speed, killing seven people and injuring dozens more.

The pilot of the P-51 Mustang, Jimmy Leeward, died on impact along with six spectators, and two other people died a few hours later at a nearby hospital.

The accident is not the first to occur at US air shows in recent years, but it is the first to involve spectators at the Reno competition, which in the 47 years since its founding has become quite well-known among air racing fans.

All further exhibitions and competitions at this year's Reno show were cancelled after the tragedy. 


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