Reno air show crash fatalities

AP News
Posted: Sep 21, 2011 3:01 PM
Reno air show crash fatalities

Eleven people were killed when a vintage fighter plane crashed at a Reno air race:

_ Jimmy Leeward, 74, of Ocala, Fla. He was piloting the P-51 Mustang when it went out of control and crashed. He was a movie stunt pilot with years of experience in air racing.

_ Greg Morcom, 47, of Washington state was with four family members and attending the show for the first time. Ron Morcom Jr. of Everett, Wash., said his brother was killed instantly when the plane crashed.

_ Michael Wogan, 22, of Scottsdale, Ariz., had muscular dystrophy and was sitting with his father, Bill Wogan, in an area for wheelchairs at the air show's VIP boxes _ near where investigators say the World War II-era plane crashed. Bill Wogan was seriously injured.

_Regina Bynum, 53, of San Angelo, Texas, was a branch office assistant for an investment company and came every year to the races with her husband, a pilot. She was watching the race with her husband and a group of friends when a piece of crash debris struck her.

_Sharon Stewart, 47, of Reno, Nev., has four children, and lost five other children to miscarriages and a car accident. She lived with her longtime boyfriend in a Reno trailer home. She was working at the event cleaning trash at the race grounds.

_ George Hewitt, 60, of Fort Mohave, Ariz., was a recently retired pilot and had served in the Canadian air service. He attended the show with his wife and a Washington-based group of vintage airplane owners.

_ Wendy Hewitt, 56, of Fort Mohave, Ariz., was a volunteer with the United Way, American Red Cross and charities devoted to low-income children and women. She attended the show with her husband and a Washington-based group of vintage airplane owners.

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_John Craik, 45, Gardnerville, Nev., was at the race with his 12-year-old son, who was not seriously injured.

_James McMichael, 47, of Graham, Wash., is survived by his wife and an extensive family. His mother said he "loved planes."

_ Craig Salerno, 50, of Friendswood, Texas, was a dispatcher for Continental Airlines and a lieutenant for a volunteer fire department. He also volunteered at an annual Houston air show and was an avid racing pilot. Salerno was attending the races with a friend, who was hospitalized with critical injuries. He is survived by his wife and their two young children.

_ Cheryl Elvin, 71, of Lenexa, Kansas, was attending the show with her husband and two sons, who were all badly injured.