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RENO — The scene of a Reno air race crash that killed nine people reveals the violence of the plane’s missilelike impact — a crater in the tarmac roughly 3 feet deep and 8 feet across with debris spread out over more than an acre.
From a tour of the site, it appeared that the 1940s-model plane went straight down in the first few rows of VIP box seats, based on the crater’s location.
The plane hit about 65 feet in front of the leading edge of the grandstand where thousands were watching Friday as the planes sped by just a few hundred feet above the ground.
Some members of the crowd reported noticing a strange gurgling engine noise from above before the P-51 Mustang, dubbed the Galloping Ghost, pitched violently upward, twirled and took an immediate nose dive into the crowd.
The plane, flown by a 74-year-old veteran racer and Hollywood stunt pilot, disintegrated in a ball of dust, debris and bodies as screams spread through the crowd.
The death toll rose to nine Saturday as investigators determined that several onlookers were killed on impact as the plane appeared to lose a piece of its tail before slamming into the crowded tarmac.
UMass gives scholarships to bullied boy’s siblings
AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts says it is offering full scholarships to the siblings of a Springfield boy who hanged himself in 2009 after incessant bullying at school.
UMass officials say they are honored to have a chance to help the family of Carl Walker-Hoover, who was 11 when he committed suicide. His mother, Sirdeaner Walker, has become an anti-bullying advocate and has testified before state and federal officials about the topic.
UMass said her other two children, 8-year-old Charles and 7-year-old Gloria, will be invited to attend any of its campuses with their entire tuition, room, board and fees covered for four years.
Crews from ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” also have been rebuilding the family’s home, which had significant structural problems and was more than 100 years old.
Rare minnows saved from long drought
FORT WORTH — Wildlife biologists scooped up minnows from a shrinking Texas river Friday in one of the first rescues of fish threatened by the state’s worst drought in decades.
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