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Wounded stream into hospitals after Reno air crash

September 17, 2011 |  7:09 am

Reno air crash 
By 11 p.m. Friday, hours after a plane crashed into spectators at a Reno air race and killed at least two people, more than a dozen wounded were in critical condition, while two dozen others were in serious or fair condition, officials said.    

The bulk of the patients were taken to two area hospitals -- Renown Regional Medical Center and St. Mary's Regional Medical Center.

Kathy Carter, director of communications at  Renown Regional Medical Center, said 25 people were transported by ambulance to her hospital. There, 12 were in critical condition, 11 were in fair condition, and two, one man and one woman, had been been pronounced dead.

PHOTOS: Reno air show tragedy

It was unclear whether the pilot, killed in the accident, was pronounced dead at a hospital or at the scene.

Family members of those involved in the incident were at the hospital and were being seen by social workers.

Twenty-five more patients were admitted to St. Mary's Regional Medical Center, including four in critical condition, six in serious condition and 15 in fair condition, officials there said.  

At the scene of the crash late Friday, a few airport employees, looking shaken, were still standing in an eerily silent hangar full of racing planes. One man wearing a pilot’s jacket approached one of them and asked if he knew where he could find a grief counselor.

Outside, vending stands advertising Southern barbecue and Coors Light stood empty. The spectator stands and runway, barricaded from access, were shrouded in darkness. 


Spectators describe scenes of horror

Air crash pilot had always wanted to fly planes

Reno air races had history of safety issues, troubles

FULL COVERAGE: Deadly crash at Reno air show

-- Michael Mishak, Maria La Ganga and Tony Barboza in Reno

Photo: A P-51 Mustang airplane crashes into the edge of the grandstands at the Reno air races on Friday. Credit: Ward Howes / Associated Press