Debris spread in fan shape at Reno airplane crash

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Posted: Sep 17, 2011 10:32 PM
Debris spread in fan shape at Reno airplane crash

A group of journalists given a 20-minute tour of the Reno airplane crash site saw debris spread in a fan-shape over more than an acre.

Even though the sun was setting Saturday night, the crater that's roughly 3 feet deep and 6 to 8 feet across could easily be seen several hundred yards away.

The hole was brown, compared with the black tarmac all around it.

Based on the crater's location, it appears the P-51 Mustang went straight down in the first few rows of VIP box seats, or about 65 feet in front of the leading edge of the grandstand.

Yellow crime tape surrounds the scene and seats are askew.

A photographer using a telephoto lens could see airplane parts no bigger than a few feet in size.