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Two Pilots Dead in Mid-Air Collision at Reno Air Race Show

RENO, NV, September 17, 2023 – A tragic accident claimed the lives of two pilots during the National Championship Air Races held at the Reno-Stead Airport. The fatal collision occurred just after the T-6 Gold race had concluded, as the planes were landing.

The aircraft involved were identified as a single-engine North American T-6 G and a single-engine North American AT-6B. In a fortunate turn of events amidst the tragedy, no other injuries were reported at the scene.

The incident has drawn the immediate attention of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board, both of which have initiated a comprehensive investigation to uncover the details surrounding the tragic collision. As they work to piece together the events that led to the crash, the teams will employ meticulous scrutiny to ensure a thorough understanding of the incident.

The Reno air racing community is united in mourning the loss of the two pilots, individuals dedicated to the aviation profession. The full findings of the investigation will be made public as the relevant authorities work through the necessary processes to unravel the circumstances behind this unfortunate event.

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