Pilot killed when plane crashed into fireball during Nevada Reno Air Races

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A pilot was killed when their plane hit the ground and caught fire during the Reno Air Races in Nevada on Sunday.

Race chairman Fred Telling said a “fatal accident” occurred during the third lap of the Jet Gold Race, which grounded all other pilots.

The horrifying moment was captured in the livestream of the races on YouTube, which showed the plane hitting the ground and exploding into a fireball that bounced several times and came to a stop.

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“Oh no. Oh no,” you hear one commenter say, before the other says, “We’ve had a disaster here.” Race controllers can then be heard announcing “red flag, red flag” and stopping the event.

The pilot’s name has not yet been released.

“As you understand, there’s actually very little specific data we can provide at this point,” Mr Telling said at a news conference. “However, we can confirm that there was a fatal accident at outer pylon five during today’s Jet Gold Race on lap three.

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“A detailed investigation will be conducted by the NTSB, the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration. All other pilots landed safely and race operations were curtailed and suspended shortly after.

“Personally, and we as the board, express our deepest condolences to the pilot’s family and friends, as well as the racers and racing fans who are part of our family.”

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The Reno Air Races are held every September at Nevada’s Reno Stead Airport, featuring competitions between different classes of aircraft, such as biplanes and jets.

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