Two people are reported dead at the scene, including the 80-year-old pilot of the modified aircraft. Some reports estimate 75 people have been injured, some critically
. Pilot Jimmy Leeward just turned 80 and was flying a modified aircraft at the Races, attended by hundreds of onlookers, Reno media reports
In the middle of a demonstration, the airplane was rolling over and at 100 feet off the ground a ground crew spokesperson said "the pilot pulled back on the stick while upside down, sending the plane straight into the ground," according to the report
. The crash occurred at 4:30 local time.
Some spectators also appeared to have been sitting in front of the stands, not far from where the crash occurred, Reuters reports
. Shrapnel from the plane was thought to have struck dozens of onlookers.
A bystander farther from the crash filmed the incident and uploaded the video
to YouTube. He depicts a horrific scene where dust is flung into the air as the plane strikes the ground.
All further events at the Championship Air Races have been cancelled.