Reno Air Races crash: Plane bursts into fireball at Stead Airport in Nevada
A PLANE has crashed and burst into flames at the Reno Air Races, shocking livestream footage shows.
The pilot was flying in the championship round near a Nevada airport when the tragedy took place.
The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office said deputies were responding to an air races related crash, News 4 reported.
A local journalist tweeted a video of the exact moment the plane fell to the ground.
The plane appears to fall toward the ground before exploding in a fiery crash that horrified the announcers.
“We’ve had a catastrophe here,” one announcer said in the livestream.
The condition of the crew onboard remains unclear.
Multiple agencies were able to quickly put out the fire, according to News 4.
Air race officials are asking bystanders to avoid the area of the crash.
A spokesperson with the Reno Air Races released a statement following the tragic event.
“At this time we are gathering information and confirming details of the incident that happened today during the Jet Gold Race,” the statement reads.
“We can confirm that only one plane was involved. The National Championship Air Races has suspended all operations for the 2022 event, and we will provide an update as soon as it’s available.
“NTSB and FAA will be investigating the incident.”
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