Death toll rises to 10 in Nevada air show crash
RENO - A 10th person has died from injuries suffered Friday in the nation’s deadliest air-racing disaster, a crash that also sent about 70 people to Reno-area hospitals.
Jamii Uboldi, a Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center spokeswoman, said yesterday that the patient who died was male, but she could not release his name, age, and hometown. Four of the injured remained in critical condition.
Among those killed was the pilot, Jimmy Leeward. Officials have released the names of two people who died: Regina Bynum, 53, of San Angelo, Texas and Sharon Stewart, 47, of Reno. Officials have yet to publicly identify three other victims.
Despite the deaths, the teamwork that prevailed at the National Championship Air Races after the crash helped save lives, officials said. Paramedics, police and firefighters, hospitals, and event organizers had drilled for such a disaster.
The modified World War II-era P-51 Mustang fighter plane that crashed sprayed bits of wreckage over 2 to 3 acres. Video of the scene showed paramedics, police, and spectators attending to the wounded with a control that seemed to belie the devastation.
One of those injured was Ed Larson, who was knocked unconscious. Larson, 59, injured his head, back, and legs.
“All I saw was a real coordinated effort,’’ Larson said from a wheelchair at Renown Regional Medical Center, which handled 36 of the most severely injured patients, including two who died.
Yesterday, Mark Rosekind, a National Transportation Safety Board member, said investigators were analyzing material collected at the scene and photos and videotape submitted by spectators.
A key focus of the investigation is the tail of the high-performance aircraft, which some photos seem to show had lost a part before the crash.