Two T-6 Pilots Die In Reno Crash


Two pilots are dead after two T-6s crashed while landing after the T-6 Gold Race at the National Championship Air Races in Reno on Sunday. A statement from the Reno Air Racing Association said the accident happened about 2:15 p.m. local time and that there were no other injuries. The remaining races were canceled. Officials are notifying next of kin before releasing the pilots’ names.

No further information was officially released but Tom Wilson, a contributor for our sister publication KITPLANES, reported the two aircraft collided. “The aircraft met such that the tail of one aircraft was severed followed by both aircraft falling to the ground at steep angles. There are no reports of anyone on the ground being involved; one aircraft appears to have crashed on open airport property, the other off airport also in open land between two sets of housing,” Wilson reported.

Russ Niles
Russ Niles is Editor-in-Chief of AVweb. He has been a pilot for 30 years and joined AVweb 22 years ago. He and his wife Marni live in southern British Columbia where they also operate a small winery.

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  1. So sad.

    Having said that I saw a terrible airplane crash when I was 11 years old. Some of that in me kept me away from stuff like Reno.

  2. Very sad. Nothing to do with racing or technology. Just flat out not paying attention to what’s in the window. RiP

  3. I was there at the moment. Very sad indeed. We where all in shock when we started seeing ambulance and fire trucks moving to the left of the grandstand… “nothing” to see, “nothing to notice” silence for quite a while… then the announcement of the crash…
    R.I.P. and condolences to the families.

  4. The first pilot I ever flew with was a former wwii bomber pilot. He was killed in a 3 plane mid-air in his T-6 during a pylon race.
    May God watch over the surviving families of Six Cat and Barons Revenge.