Horrific moment jet dives before crashing into ground and erupting in huge ball of fire at Nevada Air Races: Pilot killed in front of thousands of fans
- Video shows terrifying moment a stunt pilot crashed his plane during an air race in Nevada in front of horrified fans
- Video posted to Twitter shows two planes flying through the mountains of Reno when one drops too low and crashes into a field
- It quickly bursts into a ball of fire, sending flames flying as it skids across the grass and shatters
- The pilot died in the crash, officials said at a press conference later.
Shocking video shows the terrifying moment a jet plunged into the ground and burst into a massive fireball, killing the pilot inside.
The video posted to Twitter on Sunday begins with two planes flying through the mountains of Reno when one gets too low and crashes into a field.
It quickly erupted into a ball of fire as it skidded over the grassy knoll, sending flames flying in its wake as thousands of fans at the event watched in horror and many more watched live.
The plane bounced several times as pieces of the plane appeared to fall.
“Oh no, oh no,” says the announcer, as his co-host at the Jet Gold Race puts it: “There’s been a problem, we’ve had a disaster here, Thomas.”
A judge then calls a red flag as video shows smoke billowing from the crash, and national championship air races were subsequently suspended.
The pilot died in the disaster, officials said later, but did not release his name at the press conference.
But witnesses identified the online driver as Aaron Hogue, the race’s 2021 Rookie of the Year.
Video from the Reno Air Races shows two jets flying through the Reno mountains when one gets too low and crashes into a field
Plane soon crashes to the ground on turn three of six in the Jet Gold Race on outer pylon five
It skidded across the landscape, sending flames flying in its wake as it continued to bounce and smash across the field.
The video ends with smoke billowing from the crash, as all other races in the national championship air races have been suspended
Fred Telling, CEO and president of the Reno Air Racing Association, told a follow-up press conference that the crash occurred on lap three of six in the Jet Gold Race on outer pylon five.
“All the other drivers landed safely,” he noted, adding that the Racing Association board “expresses our deepest condolences to the driver’s family and friends, and to the fans. of the race”.
The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are currently investigating the accident.