Reno Air Races

January 4, 2012 - 2:25 PM
FILE -In this Sept. 16, 2011 file photo, a P-51 Mustang airplane approaches the ground right before crashing during an air show in Reno, Nev. The vintage World War II-era fighter plane piloted by Jimmy Leeward plunged into the grandstands during the popular annual air show. The Reno Air Racing Association plans to announce Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012, the future of the National Championship Air Races. Association President Mike Houghton scheduled a news conference to announce whether they'll continue the event that came to an abrupt halt Sept. 16 with the crash that killed 11 people and injured more than 70 at Reno-Stead Airport. The crash has led to calls that officials consider ending the event, the only one of its kind in the United States, and the National Transportation Safety Board has scheduled a hearing Jan. 10 to examine the safety of air shows and air races in general. (AP Photo/Garret Woodman, File)