Races Canceled on Final Day of the RARA Races After Two Pilots Killed


As the Reno National Air Races rounded out the final day of its farewell races this weekend at the Stead Airport, it was also the final flight for two pilots.

Just after 2 p.m. as races were wrapping up for the last time, two planes collided while landing, killing both pilots. The Reno Air Racing Association identified them as Nick Macy of Tulelake and Chris Rushing of Thousand Oaks.

In a statement made by the chairman of the Reno Air Racing Association and President of the T-6 class, Fred Telling, “I am completely devastated and heartbroken today,”

Macy piloted Six-Cat and Rushing flew Baron’s Revenge. Families of both pilots have been notified and support services are onsite as they deal with this tragedy. There were no civilian casualties

The Racing Association said they are cooperating with the National Transportation Safety Board, the FAA and all local authorities to identify the cause of the accident and ensure pilots, spectators and volunteers have the necessary support following the tragedy.

The remainder of the races were canceled in respect of the fallen pilots.