Two pilots were killed when their plane crashed during landing Sunday during an air racing competition, authorities in Reno said. The planes collided at the end of the T-6 Gold race at about 2:15 a.m. Sunday, according to Reno Air Racing Association officials.
The Reno Air Racing Association identified the deceased pilots as Nick Massey and Chris Rushing. The association shared an update on Facebook saying no civilian was reported injured in the incident. The post read, “Safety is RARA’s biggest concern and we work year-round to host the safest event possible. “As we always do, we are cooperating with the National Transportation Safety Board, the FAA and all local authorities to identify the cause.” about the accident and ensure that all of our pilots, spectators and volunteers receive the assistance they need during this time.”
The association’s board of directors and the T-6 class president said they were working to notify the deceased pilots’ loved ones about the incident, which occurred on the last day of the National Championship Air Races in Reno. According to officials, no additional injuries were recorded.
According to officials, the NTSB, FAA and local authorities are working together to determine what caused the tragedy.
Live stream video of the incident showed witnesses crying in terror as the disaster unfolded. According to The US Sun, the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority’s board of directors decided months ago to halt the program due to safety concerns, after a pilot lost his life in a plane crash last year. The intention was to hold an air show to celebrate the 60th anniversary.