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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-16-2011, 08:22 PM Thread Starter
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Vintage plane crashes into crowd at Reno air races

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Reno Air Races are on my bucket list, hope they still have them.
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Holy crap, he went straight down.
This is some scary shit.

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Wow, messed up crash. Makes me wonder if he had a heart attack or something.

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On comment speculates loss of a trim-tab and the pilot corrected to avoid mowing the grandstands.


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Man tough deal,
We went there about 5 years ago. very cool event.

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On comment speculates loss of a trim-tab and the pilot corrected to avoid mowing the grandstands.


Tragic.

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Low and fast in a tight turn is a bad time to lose a piece of elevator, no time to recover, crashed within seconds.

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RIP. Sad day.

Some conflicting reports from people who were there, and pilot friends who were there, but here's the story that was pieced together so far.

The loss or partial loss of the trim tab caused a 50 - 60 degree uncontrolled pull up, which is way beyond what a "mayday" pull up procedure was supposed to be. As the plane topped out, it rolled over and angled towards the grand stands at a 60 degree nose down, before veering off slightly and impacting the ground at a steeper angle. One pilot stated, that the plane never slowed..... and was probably above 350mph the entire time.

Based on the pictures, this is what Pilot witnesses and some other experts have noticed.
Trim tab partially missing, seen in several photos.

The empennage skin is severely wrinkled before the crash. Possibly caused by the severe g-overload from the pull up or another failure.

The pilots helmet was not visible in the canopy during the pull-up or before the impact.
This likely means he was g-loc'd / unconscious after the uncontrolled pull-up from the trim tab failure. However, several people stated that the plane veered away from the crowd at the last moment........ a possible conscious effort from the pilot.
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Death toll in the Nevada crash is up to 9 now...

In Martinsburg, West Virginia, another vintage U.S. military plane went down in a fireball at an air show on Saturday, killing the pilot. There were no other casualties.

Bad weekend... RIP

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very sad...........

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OK, it was a tough day.....back open again!!!
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