The National Transportation Safety Board
The incident is being investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Reno Air Race Association d/b/a National Championship Air Races and Air Show are parties to the investigation. The NTSB’s Preliminary Report can be found here. The final report is anticipated sometime before September 2012.
The NTSB Aviation Accident Investigation website for the incident can be found here. There you will find links to the Preliminary Report, Video of Press Briefings and a Press Release following the crash. The NTSB Accident No. is WPR11MA454.
On April 10, 2012 the NTSB issued 10 Safety Recommendations to the FAA, the National Air Racing Group Unlimited Division and the Reno Air Racing Association.
Recommendations to the Federal Aviation Administration:
A-12-08 recommends that FAA Order 8900.1 and Advisory Circular 91-45C be revised to correct inaccurate and incomplete information and reconcile all differences and inconsistencies between the documents.
Click here to view the NTSB Recommendation Letter (A-12-08) to the FAA.
Recommendations to the National Air Racing Group Unlimited Division:
A-12-009 recommends requiring aircraft owners in the unlimited class provide an engineering evaluation for aircrafts with any major modifications.
A-12-10 recommends development of a system that tracks any discrepancies noted during prerace technical inspections and verifies that they have been resolved.
A-12-11 recommends high g (force) training to pilots as part of preparations before the Reno National Championship Air Races (NCAR).
A-12-12 recommends evaluation of the deasibility of requiring pilots to wear g suits when racing at NCAR.
Click here to view the NTSB Recommendation Letter (A-12-9 through 12) to the National Air Racing Group Unlimited Division.
Recommendations to the Reno Air Racing Association (RARA):
A-12-013 recommends requiring owners in the unlimited class provide an engineering evaluation for aircraft with any major modification.
A-12-014 recommends an evaluation of the design of the unlimited class course and safety ares to minimize maneuvering near potential conflicts with spectators.
A-12-015 recommends the following actions to raisse the level of safety for spectators and personnel near the race course: 1) relocate the fuel truck away from the ramp area, and 2) install barriers in front of any area where spectators are present.
A-12-016 recommends providing high g (force) training to pilots, including techniques to mitigate effects of high g (force) exposure.
A-12-017 recommends the evaluation of the feasibility of requiring pilots to wear g suits when racing at the Reno National Championship Air Races.
Click here to view the NTSB Recommendation Letter (A-12-13 through 17) to the RARA.