Thursday, 22 September 2011

Reno air show crash fatalities

  • ( no / Associated Press ) - This undated family photo provided by Sharon Hewitt shows George and Wendy Hewitt. The former Air Canada pilot and his wife were among the people killed in the crash of a vintage airplane during an air race Friday, Sept. 16, 2011 in Reno, Nev.
  • ( no / Associated Press ) - In this 2007 photo provided by the Wogan family, Michael Wogan, center, with his mother, Anne, and two siblings, Billy, left, and James, before his 2007 prom. Michael Wogan was one of the spectators killed Friday, Sept. 16, 2011, when a vintage World War II-era fighter plane plunged into the grandstands during a popular annual air show killing nine people. The plane hit about 65 feet in front of the leading edge of the grandstand where thousands were watching as the planes sped by just a few hundred feet above the ground.
  • ( no / Associated Press ) - In this undated photo provided courtesy of Scott Watson, Greg Morcom, 47, of Marysville, Wash., is seen. Morcom was among the 10 people who died in a crash of a plane at an air race in Reno Friday. Morcom was attending the air races in Reno for the first time on the recommendation of his father and brother, who had attended many times. He was at the show with four family members.
  • ( no / Associated Press ) - In this undated photo provided by Jose Luis “Joe” Cacheux-Ojeda, Sharon Olthea Stewart is shown with her son , Andrew. Stewart, 47, of Reno, Nev., was one of the 10 people who died when a WWII-era P-51 Mustang fighter plane called The Galloping Ghost, plunged into the VIP section at the Reno Air Show on Friday, Sept. 16, 2011.


( no / Associated Press ) - This undated family photo provided by Sharon Hewitt shows George and Wendy Hewitt. The former Air Canada pilot and his wife were among the people killed in the crash of a vintage airplane during an air race Friday, Sept. 16, 2011 in Reno, Nev.
— 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.
—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.
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