Death toll in Reno air crash rises to 10

Sep 19 2011 - 12:10pm

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In this Friday, Sept. 16, 2011 photo, a P-51 Mustang airplane approaches the ground right before crashing during an air show in Reno, Nev. The vintage World War II-era fighter plane piloted by Jimmy Leeward plunged into the grandstands during the popular annual air show. (AP Photo/Garret Woodman)
Several aircraft sit in front of the grandstands at an airport in Reno, Nev., Monday, Sept. 19, 2011, where the Reno Air Races were held. The Reno Air Races were canceled after pilot Jimmy Leeward's plane crashed on Friday. Several people were killed, including Leeward, and dozens more were inured. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
Military personnel walk in front of a plane at an airport in Reno, Nev., Monday, Sept. 19, 2011, where the Reno Air Races were held. The Reno Air Races were canceled after pilot Jimmy Leeward's plane crashed on Friday. Several people were killed, including Leeward, and dozens were inured. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
In this handout photo from the National Traffic Safety Board taken Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011 at an airfield in Reno, Nev., shows two NTSB officials looking at wreckage from Jimmy Leeward's plane that crash on Friday. Officials say nine people died. (AP Photo/National Traffic Safety Board, HO)
A model plane lies among candles at a memorial near the entrance of an airport in Reno, Nev., Monday, Sept. 19, 2011, where the Reno Air Races were held. The remaining Reno Air Races were canceled after pilot Jimmy Leeward's plane crashed on Friday. Several people were killed, including Leeward, and dozens more were inured. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
In this Friday, Sept. 16, 2011 photo, a P-51 Mustang airplane approaches the ground right before crashing during an air show in Reno, Nev. The vintage World War II-era fighter plane piloted by Jimmy Leeward plunged into the grandstands during the popular annual air show. (AP Photo/Garret Woodman)
Several aircraft sit in front of the grandstands at an airport in Reno, Nev., Monday, Sept. 19, 2011, where the Reno Air Races were held. The Reno Air Races were canceled after pilot Jimmy Leeward's plane crashed on Friday. Several people were killed, including Leeward, and dozens more were inured. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
Military personnel walk in front of a plane at an airport in Reno, Nev., Monday, Sept. 19, 2011, where the Reno Air Races were held. The Reno Air Races were canceled after pilot Jimmy Leeward's plane crashed on Friday. Several people were killed, including Leeward, and dozens were inured. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
In this handout photo from the National Traffic Safety Board taken Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011 at an airfield in Reno, Nev., shows two NTSB officials looking at wreckage from Jimmy Leeward's plane that crash on Friday. Officials say nine people died. (AP Photo/National Traffic Safety Board, HO)
A model plane lies among candles at a memorial near the entrance of an airport in Reno, Nev., Monday, Sept. 19, 2011, where the Reno Air Races were held. The remaining Reno Air Races were canceled after pilot Jimmy Leeward's plane crashed on Friday. Several people were killed, including Leeward, and dozens more were inured. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

RENO, Nev. -- The death toll from the Reno air crash has risen to 10, St. Mary's Regional Medical Center announced Monday.

In a statement distributed by email, hospital spokeswoman Jamii Uboldi said another person had died as a result of Friday's crash of a World War II-era plane at the he National Championship Air Races, but the hospital did not identify the new victim.

A P-51 Mustang fighter, piloted by Jimmy Leeward, crashed Friday afternoon near the air races' spectator area. By Sunday, the death toll had reached nine.

About 70 injuries have been reported, with about half either serious or critical, according to officials.

Six patients continue to be treated at St. Mary's, one of the hospitals where the wounded were taken, officials said. One patient is listed in critical condition and five in serious condition.

Initially, the hospital received 28 patients for treatment.

"Given the nature of the accident, patients were treated for injuries due to both blunt force and penetrating trauma. Common injuries included fractures of the legs, arms, ribs and fingers, head injuries, amputations, abrasions, lacerations, and chemical burns," the hospital stated.

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