2011 Reno Air Races crash video goes viral

The 2011 Reno Air Races crash occurred on September 16, 2011, at the Reno Air Races, when a North American P-51D Mustang piloted by Jimmy Leeward crashed into spectators, killing nine people including the pilot, and injuring at least 69.

Leeward, the 74-year-old pilot of a North American P-51D Mustang called “The Galloping Ghost,” was in second place and had just rounded the last pylon when the airplane abruptly pitched up, rolled inverted, then pitched down. The aircraft hit the tarmac in the front of the grandstands in an area containing box seating, reports said.

Seven people, including the pilot, died on the tarmac after the crash. The weekend's remaining races at the Reno Air Races were cancelled. At 9 a.m. the morning after the crash, Renown Health hospitals reported that of the 35 patients treated, two died, bringing the total deaths to nine. In addition, six were in critical condition, two serious, five fair, 1 good, and 19 had been discharged. {Source}

The original raw video has gone viral on YouTube with almost 840,000 hits as of this posting.