Two pilots have been killed at an air racing occasion in Reno Sunday when their planes collided after touchdown, officers with the Reno Air Racing Affiliation (RARA) introduced.
The incident occurred at round 2:15 p.m. on the finish of the T-6 Gold race.
“…upon touchdown, two planes collided and it has been confirmed that each pilots are deceased,” RARA mentioned in a press release posted to X, formerly known as Twitter.
Officers added that there have been no civilian accidents and that they have been within the technique of gathering and confirming extra particulars concerning the collision. Households of each of the victims have been notified.
One of many pilots, recognized by Metropolis Information Service as Chris Speeding, flew out of Van Nuys Airport. The opposite pilot, recognized as Nick Macy, was based mostly out of Siskiyou County in Northern California.
“Each expertly expert pilots and Gold winners within the T-6 Class, Macy piloted Six-Cat and Speeding flew Baron’s Revenge,” RARA mentioned.
Racing officers mentioned they have been cooperating with the Nationwide Transportation Security Board, the Federal Aviation Administration and all native authorities in Reno to establish the reason for the crash.
“I’m utterly heartbroken,” Fred Telling, RARA Chairman and T-6 Class President, mentioned. “These two pilots weren’t simply an integral a part of the Nationwide Championship Air Race household, they have been part of my household. My coronary heart goes out to their very own households and to the entire spectators and followers who’ve so enthusiastically supported us this week.”
All racing operations have been suspended after the lethal crash.
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