September 13, 2007, Reno, Nev., Aero Vodochody L-39C


At 1445 Pacific daylight time, the airplane collided with terrain while participating in the Reno Air Races at the Reno-Stead Airport. The private pilot and sole occupant sustained fatal injuries; the airplane was destroyed. Visual conditions prevailed.

According to witnesses, the airplane rounded a pylon in a left bank. It then rolled right, became inverted and impacted the ground at high speed.


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