Investigators See Flaw in Reno Plane - NBC 7 San Diego

Investigators See Flaw in Reno Plane

Broken tail may have been the cause in the fatal accident, a federal safety board says



    The National Transportation Safety Board will examine the FAA’s current air safety procedures Monday after a vintage World War two plane crashed during a Reno air show on Friday.

    The pilot and eight spectators were killed in the accident. Around 70 people were taken to nearby hospitals, and six remain in critical condition.

    The NTSB says they've also located clues that could help explain the tragedy, including a camera and fragments of memory card.

    Officials say they hope to pull important information from an on-board data recorder. They hope the data will provide insight into what the still pictures show just before the crash.

    They say part of the plane's tail section looks like it's missing, which could have caused pilot Jimmy Leeward to lose control.

    One of the injured spectators at the Reno crash is a part-time San Diego resident. 59-year-old Ed Larson recalled what happened, just before he was knocked unconscious by flying debris.

    “A second later, the thing crashes, right behind me and all I remember as I'm trying to run is I see stuff coming and that's the last thing I remember,” Larson said.

    Larson was sitting in VIP box seats when the plane crashed about 50-yards away from him.

    He suffered a head injury, one of his Achilles tendons was cut, his calf was mangled, and he also separated his shoulder.

    Larson says he's grateful to be alive.