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Reno Crash Victims' Lawsuits Against the FAA Will Face Hurdles

The FAA was supposed to protect the Reno Air Race spectators by, among other things, assuring that the race course design was safe. It failed to do so. Do the victims have a right to bring a lawsuit against the … Continue reading

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Reno Air Race Lawsuits and the Assumption of Risk Defense

There are obvious dangers inherent in events such as the Reno Air Races. The victims of the disaster were undoubtedly aware of those dangers and attended the event anyway. Does that mean they should not be able to file lawsuits … Continue reading

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Reno Air Race Disaster No Freak Accident

Hall of Fame aerobatic champion Patty Wagstaff says that it was just bad luck that Jimmy Leeward's accident involved spectators. At the speeds Leeward was moving, had the malfunction occurred four seconds earlier or later, or almost anywhere else on … Continue reading

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Reno P-51 Pilot a Hero?

That's what some press reports are saying. Had Jimmy Leeward not maneuvered the stricken plane as he did, things could have been much worse. "The way I see it, if he did do something about this, he saved hundreds if … Continue reading

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Reno P-51 Mustang Lost Elevator Trim Tab

This photo, taken moments before the crash, shows that the P-51 had lost its left elevator trim tab. (I've circled the spot where the trim tab should be.) Without the trim tab, the aircraft may have been uncontrollable. (Original Photo … Continue reading

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