Two planes collided on Friday, September 14, at the Reno National Championship Air Races, which makes this accident the third fatal crash in the last four days. In this accident, the pilot of one of the planes was killed and the other pilot was injured.
The victim has been identified as 51-year-old Gary Hubler of Caldwell, Idaho. Race officials say he was killed in the crash shortly after 9:30 this morning. The pilot of the other plane involved in the crash has been identified as Jason Somes of Simi Valley, California. He has been taken to Renown Regional Medical Center where his condition is not immediately known.
The Reno-Gazette Journal reported that there were two judges that were also injured in the accident, but this fact has yet to be confirmed. There were two other pilots that were killed earlier in the week; one accident was on Tuesday and the other fatal crash was on Thursday.
This death is the 18th fatality for the air races in its 44 year history. The incident today shut down the races for the rest of the day.