3 Dead, More Than 50 Hurt in Nevada Air Race Crash

September 17, 2011 - 4:55 AM
Air Show Crash

RECROPPED VERSION OF NY114 - A P-51 Mustang airplane crashes into the edge of the grandstands at the Reno Air show on Friday, Sept. 16, 2011 in Reno Nevada. The World War II-era fighter plane flown by a veteran Hollywood stunt pilot Jimmy Leeward plunged Friday into the edge of the grandstands during the popular air race creating a horrific scene strewn with smoking debris. (AP Photo/Ward Howes)

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating what went wrong when a World War II-era fighter plane crashed at a Nevada air show.

Authorities say Saturday's accident killed the pilot and at least two other people and injured more than 50.

Witness Tim O'Brien of Grass Valley Calif., says the plane disintegrated on impact.

Authorities say it appears a mechanical failure with the P-51 Mustang was to blame.

The NTSB has sent a "go-team" to Reno to conduct the investigation.