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Air Show Tragedy

An eleventh person has been confirmed dead from a horrific air show crash in Reno, Nevada.  The latest death announcement comes as a result of DNA testing on remains found where a P-51 Mustang crashed into spectators at the 48th Annual National Air Championship Races.  Medical officials in Reno say 50-year-old Craig Salerno was killed by the crash.  His wife was notified when DNA results became available on Monday.  A friend who’d attended the race with Salerno was hospitalized with critical injuries.   The pilot was one of the eleven people killed when his plane suddenly shot straight up and then straight down into the VIP section of the grandstands..  More than 50 people were injured. A group of about 2 dozen people from Nevada County made the trip as part of a volunteer security team handling gate control, ramp security and general crowd control. Nevada County native Gordon Beatie is part of the Mixed Nuts who have been helping out for about 20 years.  He was at the groups nearby campsite when the crash happened, but his son Ryan was on scene.  Beatie says the first thing he did was confirm his son was alive.

Beaties says their team continued to work as needed before heading back to the camp.  He says the closeness of the group helped them all deal with the tragedy. 

 National Transportation Safety Board investigators are looking at the tail section of the World War Two-era jet.  NTSB investigators say photos taken by Nevada County resident and local Airfest Chair, Tim O’Brien,  just before the crash may show a portion of the airplane’s tail section missing.


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