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Reno, Nevada (CNN) -- A pilot lost control of his vintage plane during an air race over the skies of Reno, plummeting toward thousands of spectators before narrowly missing a grandstand and slamming into box seats.

At least three people died and 54 people were transported from the scene with injuries, officials said shortly after the crash Friday at the National Championship Air Races and Air Show.

But there could be "mass casualties," officials said.

The pilot, identified as Jimmy Leeward, a real estate developer from Ocala, Florida, was killed in the crash, according to a show official.

Plane crashes at Nevada air show

Witness: We just saw a lot of people die

Witness: Pilot tried to save lives

Nevada Air Race closed down after crash

The 74-year-old was flying a P-51 Mustang. The event has been canceled and a memorial service will be held for the pilot Saturday afternoon, the show said.

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"mass casualty situation."That's obviously a bad thing. That's emergency speak for "Send lot's of help because we don't have enough." :(

Update from KOLO TV in Reno.


Renown Told to Expect as Many as 100 Injured

Multiple fatalities at the Reno Air Races after an Unlimited plane crashed into the box seats directly infront of the master of ceromony soon after take-off.

Multiple fatalities at the Reno Air Races after an Unlimited plane crashed into the box seats directly infront of the master of ceromony soon after take-off.

According to the Director of Communications at Renown, Kathy Carter, they are under 'code triage' which means extra available personnel will be called in and extra beds will be made available.

Renown has been told to expect 80-100 injured. Right now 6 have been received but the severity of their injuries is unknown at this time.

Unlimited plane has crashed at the Reno Air Races just after 4 p.m. that has killed 12 people and injured at least 30 Friday, hitting people seated in the box seats near the grandstand.

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Edit again: Local Hospital,(Renown),called in all staff,(unsure if my girlfriend went in or not),says it's received about 22 people and doesn't expect that many more,if any. Several witness interviewed so far say the pilot veered away from the grandstands just before hitting the ground.

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Im up in Lake Tahoe and work for Hyatt. The whole group is staying up here at Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe... Def not a good situation 75 people hurt, 2 confirmed dead including the pilot... all over the local news.

Edit He didnt hit the stands, but there were two rows of seating beside the stands that he hit.

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It seems like going to an airshow is a bad idea. I've been to one in the past and iit was very cool, but man, it seems like something like this happens every few months now. Sad stuff. RIP

The pilot of a post-Second World War military training aircraft was killed Saturday after crashing into a runway and bursting into flames, the second deadly air show crash in 24 hours.


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