NTSB Press Release

National Transportation Safety Board
Office of Public Affairs


Memory cards and components yield no information about last month's air race crash

October 21, 2011

While the investigation into the September 16, 2011 crash of a vintage P-51D Mustang aircraft at the Reno Air Races in Reno, NV remains ongoing, today the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) reported that they were unable to retrieve any on-board video from the badly damaged components and memory cards found in the debris field.

A memory card taken from the on-board telemetry unit of the accident aircraft is still being examined to determine if data can be retrieved. Additional telemetry data that was transmitted from the accident aircraft to the race crew on the ground is also still being examined. Any information recovered from the card, and any telemetry data will be included in the public docket.

NTSB investigators continue to review the dozens of videos and hundreds of photographs provided to them by spectators at the air race.

Additional updates of factual information will be provided as it is developed.

NTBS Media Contact: Terry N. Williams
(202) 314-6100

 

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