NTSB Press Release

National Transportation Safety Board
Office of Public Affairs

NTSB Opens Docket on Reno Air Race Crash

August 21, 2012

WASHINGTON - As part of its continuing investigation into the September 2011 crash of a highly modified P-51D airplane at the National Championship Air Races in Reno, Nevada, the National Transportation Safety Board has opened the public docket.

On September 16, 2011, the pilot of the Galloping Ghost experienced an upset while turning between pylons 8 and 9 on the race course. The airplane crashed on the ramp in the box seat spectator area. The pilot and 10 spectators were killed and more than 60 others were injured.

The information being released today is factual in nature and does not provide any analysis. Included in the docket are photographs, a video, 47 documents and more than 900 pages, including interview summaries, maintenance records and other documents. The docket material is available at: http://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms/search/hitlist.cfm?docketID=51746&CFID=256561&CFTOKEN=82086778.

Additional material may be added to the docket as it becomes available. Analysis of the accident, along with a determination of probable cause, will come later this month when the final report on the investigation is completed.

This is a document release only. No interviews are being conducted.

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Terry Williams



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