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Briefing October 2012 Issue

Briefing: October 2012

NTSB Releases Reno Documents

The NTSB posted online more than 900 pages of documents plus photographs related to the fatal crash at last year’s National Championship Air Races in Reno. The Board concluded that the Galloping Ghost, flown by Jimmy Leeward, reached a maximum acceleration of 17.3 Gs after a roll upset, in which the airplane reached a roll angle of 93 degrees, left wing down. The documents also examine several photos that show the departure of a trim tab from the airplane’s elevator. Leeward and 10 people on the ground were killed when the racer crashed.

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