NTSB: Plane topped limits in 2011 Reno race crash
That’s among the findings being presented to the National Transportation Safety Board on Monday in Washington.
Loose screws on a crucial tail assembly are also blamed in the September 2011 crash that killed 74-year-old pilot Jimmy Leeward and 10 people on the ground and injured more than 70.
This year’s Reno Air Races start Sept. 12.
The five-member NTSB has already issued several preliminary reports and recommendations for the Federal Aviation Administration and race organizers to improve safety.
NTSB officials say Leeward’s World War II-era P-51 Mustang fighter reached 530 mph before it pitched skyward and then slammed nose-first into rows of box seats.
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