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Reno air race crash

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In this combined image, a P-51 Mustang airplane flies upside down and then nosedives right before crashing at the Reno air race on Friday, Sept. 16, in Reno, Nev. The plane plunged into the stands in what one official described as a "mass casualty situation." At least 10 people, including the pilot, were killed and dozens injured in the violent crash.

Tim O'brien
Image: The plane moments before impact

The World War II-era fighter plane nose-dives just over the crowd, moments before impact at the Reno National Championship Air Races.

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The airplane crashes into the edge of the grandstands during the popular air race creating a horrific scene strewn with smoking debris.

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Image: The plane breaks up on impact

The plane breaks up upon impact, scattering debris into the crowd on the tarmac.

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A crowd gathers around debris after the crash while ambulances and emergency personnel rush to the scene.

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Medics help injured bystanders out of a helicopter into Renown Medical Center following the plane crash.

Liz Margerum / The Reno Gazette-Journal
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Debris from the plane is scattered at the Stead airport.

Andy Barron / The Reno Gazette-Journal
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Bystanders embrace after watching the horror unfold. Witnesses said the plane spiraled suddenly out of control and appeared to disintegrate upon impact.

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Long-time Reno Air Race pilot Jimmy Leeward with his P51 Mustang on Sept. 15, 2010. The plane that crashed into a box seat area at the front of the grandstand was piloted by Leeward who was killed in the crash.

Marilyn Newton / The Reno Gazette-Journal
Image: Jimmy Leeward

Two NTSB officials look at wreckage from Jimmy Leeward's plane, Sunday, Sept. 18. Officials say ten people died.

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Image: Jimmy Leeward, Ed Larson

Patient Ed Larson gestures during a new conference at a hospital in Reno, Nev., Sunday, Sept. 18 about the how the plane crash happened in front of him.

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Image: Jimmy Leeward

A model plane lies among candles at a memorial near the entrance of an airport in Reno, Nev., Monday, Sept. 19, where the Reno Air Races were held.

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