Death toll from Nevada air crash rises to nine

September 18, 2011 01:12
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RENO, Nev. - The death toll in the crash of a vintage World War Two fighter plane near the grandstand at a Nevada air race has risen to nine, authorities said on Saturday.

In addition to two people who died of their injuries at local hospitals, seven died on the tarmac following the crash on Friday night, Reno Deputy Police Chief Dave Evans said. More than 50 people were injured. Officials said previously the crash killed at least three people.

The pilot, Jimmy Leeward, 74, was among those killed when his P-51 Mustang dubbed the "Galloping Ghost" crashed into a box seat area in front of the main grandstand, said Mike Draper, spokesman for the 48th Annual National Championship Air Races, also known as the Reno Air Races.

"It was like a war zone where the box seats were," Draper said.

A spokesman for Renown Regional Medical Center said the hospital received 30 patients from the crash and five others were taken to the affiliated Renown South Meadows Medical Center.

Of those 35, six were listed in critical condition on Saturday, two were in serious condition and five in fair condition. One person was listed in good condition, and others had been discharged.

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