$77M fund created for Reno air race victims

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Reno Air Races

Photo credit: Reno Air Racing Assn.

RENO, Nev. (AP) – Organizers of the Reno National Championship Air Races have established a $77 million fund to be distributed to those who suffered injuries or lost family members in last year’s mass-casualty crash in Nevada.

Kenneth Feinberg, who oversaw a federal compensation fund for victims of the 9/11 terror attacks, will be the new fund’s administrator.

Organizers say the program is designed to provide claimants prompt compensation while avoiding the costs and delays associated with lawsuits.

The Reno Gazette-Journal reports compensation will be based on categories of injuries, ranging from $15,000 for bruises and cuts to $75,000 for major injuries that involved surgery or third-degree burns.

A modified World War II P-51 Mustang crashed last September at the air races, killing 11 people and injuring about 70 others.

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