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Investigation Continues Into Reno Air Crash; Iran Still Holds 2 Americans : The Two-Way : NPR

September 19, 2011

— Plane In Deadly Reno Air Race Crash Had Undergone “Radical” Changes To Increase Its Speed: “The World War II-era plane that plummeted into an air-race crowd like a missile bore little resemblance to its original self. It was rebuilt for speed, if not for stability. … Investigators don’t yet know what caused the plane to pitch sharply into the crowd at the National Championship Air Races in Reno [on Friday], killing nine people, including [the pilot] and injuring dozens. They have focused on the ‘elevator trim tab’ — a piece of the tail that helps the control the aircraft’s pitch and appeared to break off before the crash.” (The Associated Press)



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