A plane has crashed into the seating area of the National Air Championship air races today around 4:30pm local time (7:30pm Eastern). The plane was a Unlimited P-51 Mustang “Galloping Ghost,” a World War II era fighter plane. Reports from the scene estimate injuries of at least 75, and 12 possible deaths with 2 confirmed as of now. Video below:
UPDATE: The pilot, identified as Jimmy Leeward of Ocala, Florida, has been confirmed as one of the dead. Leeward was a well known air racing pilot, and the owner of Leeward Air Ranch Racing Team in Florida.
UPDATE 2: Officials confirm three dead, 54 injured as a result of the plane crash.
UPDATE: The death toll rose to nine as of Saturday