9 dead, more than 50 hurt in Nev. air race crash

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by SCOTT SONNER and MARTIN GRIFFITH

The Associated Press; video from YouTube

Posted on September 16, 2011 at 7:32 PM

Updated Sunday, Sep 18 at 6:25 PM

RENO, Nev. (AP) -- A federal investigator says searchers have recovered parts of the tail section of a World War II-era airplane that crashed in Reno, killing the pilot and eight spectators.

The National Transportation Safety Board says the focus of its probe is that part of the airplane because photos and videos showed the possibility of something coming off the airplane before it crashed Friday.

Investigators say they also found a piece of an airplane in an area using the photos and video, but it's not clear if it came from the P-51 Mustang.

The agency says the crater is 3 feet deep and 6 to 8 feet wide and debris is scattered over more than an acre.

Police say 69 people were treated at hospitals, 31 of them were admitted.

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