Death Toll of Reno Air Crash Climbs to Eleven

Posted on September 23, 2011

Eleven people total have died as a result of the catastrophic Reno air show crash when a heavily modified vintage WWII fighter plane unexpectedly plummeted into the stands.

The P-51 Mustang was piloted by a 74-year-old experienced stunt pilot, who lost his life. Six other men also passed away, as well as four women. Eight of the fatalities, including the pilot, occurred at the scene, while two more succumbed to their injuries while receiving emergency care. Another fatality was announced Tuesday.

Ages of the deceased range from 22-74, with most of the victims being in their 40s and 50s. Many of the victims were attending the races with family members who sustained severe injuries. Three of the 68 who were initially hospitalized remain in critical condition.

Authorities are still investigating the September 16 incident and reviewing several tapes and images captured as the Galloping Ghost, as the plane was named, went down. While the event organizers and the National Transportation Safety Board continue to look for answers, my experience as a plane accident lawyer has shown me that place crashes require in-depth investigations and the details can often be complex, a frustrating situation for devastated family members. If you or a loved one was injured in the Reno air show accident, the aviation disaster lawyers at Panish Shea and Boyle want you to know that we are here to help you. Call us today to speak with an experienced airplane crash lawyer to talk about your legal options.

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