Two pilots killed in crash at Reno air show

September 18, 2023

The National Championship Air Races in Reno, Nevada, took a tragic turn when two pilots collided while landing, killing both individuals.

The two pilots, Nick Macy and Chris Rushing, have tragically joined the list of over a dozen pilots who have died in the last half-century at this particular event.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash and will hopefully determine exactly what went wrong and give the pilots families some closure after this terrible accident.

Pilot failure and inexperience are two factors that could likely be discounted. Chris Rushing was the Reno champion in last year's races and he reached an astounding 240 mph on his way to winning the event.

However, family and fans will simply have to wait and support each other through the aftermath of this tragic accident.

Unfortunately, tragedy isn't particularly rare in the Reno races. In 2011, a pilot lost control of his P-51D Mustang and crashed into a spectator seating area killing him and ten spectators. Another 69 individuals were wounded making the accident the deadliest in the race's history.

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