A tragic accident occurred on Sunday afternoon at the National Championship Air Races in Reno, Nevada. Two pilots – Nick Macy and Chris Rushing – were killed when their planes collided while landing. Both pilots were expertly skilled and were Gold winners in the T-6 class. One of the planes was a single-engine North American T-6 G, and the other a single-engine North American AT-6B. “As we always do, we are cooperating with the National Transportation Safety Board, the FAA and all local authorities to identify the cause of the accident and ensure that all of our pilots, spectators and volunteers have the necessary support during this time,” The Reno Air Racing Association (RARA) declared in a statement.
The remainder of the races were canceled, organizers said. The event has been running for more than five decades.Other accidents previously happened. In 2011, as n example, 11 people were killed and more than 60 others injured when a plane veered out of control and slammed into spectators. Sunday marked the final day in Reno air race history after nearly six decades. The decision was made earlier this year due to public safety concerns and development in the area.