NTSB Identification: WPR13LA270B
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, June 13, 2013 in Reno, NV
Aircraft: AERO VODOCHODY L39C, registration: N2399V
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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On June 13, 2013, about 1705 Pacific daylight time, an Aero Vodochody L39C, N8124N, operating as Race 777, and an Aero Vodochody L39C, N2399V, operating as Race 99, were substantially damaged when they collided midair, at the Reno/Stead Airport (RTS), Reno, Nevada, during a practice closed course air racing session. Race 777 was registered to CSC Enterprises Inc., Wilmington, Delaware, and Race 99 was registered to a private individual. Both airplanes were operating under Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as personal flights. The private pilot, sole occupant of Race 777 and the commercial pilot, sole occupant of Race 99 were not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for either airplane. Both Race 777 and Race 99 departed from RTS about 1615.

According to a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector, both airplanes were on the race course between outer pylons 3 and 4 when they collided. Following the collision, the pilot of Race 99 landed uneventfully on runway 26. The inspector stated that the pilot of Race 777 landed gear-up on runway 14, following two previous attempts.

Examination of Race 777 by an FAA inspector revealed that the upper portion of the vertical stabilizer and rudder were separated. Examination of Race 99 revealed that the bottom side of the fuselage, aft of the nose landing gear was dented upward into a pressure bulkhead.

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