September 19, 2011
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Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following remarks today on the Senate floor about the fatal plane crash in Reno. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery:
I was saddened to hear of a terrible accident on Friday at the Reno air show, which killed 10 people and injured many more.
My heart goes out to those who were hurt. And my thoughts are with the families of those who lost their lives, including the pilot of the World War II-era plane that crashed into spectators.
I commend the many first responders who rushed to the scene Friday. Their quick thinking and skillful assistance saved many lives.
While this crash was devastating, I am glad the pilot took quick action to prevent additional loss of life by avoiding a grandstand packed with thousands of spectators.
My four grandchildren attended the show on Thursday. And my oldest grandson, Mitchell was at the even with his scout troop earlier on Friday.
Although officials are still investigating the crash, initial reports indicate that a piece of the plane’s tail broke off prior to the accident.
I hope this terrible event – the first of its kind in this nation – will not deter people from attending air shows in the future.
Thousands of people enjoy these shows every year. The late Senator Ted Stevens attended the Reno show many times and told me it was the best of its kind.
I will continue to monitor the investigation.