Las Vegas Sun

October 22, 2019

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No injuries reported in crash of famous Nevada airplane

RENO — Nevada authorities have reported no injuries after a famous and highly-modified single-engine airplane crashed shortly after take-off.

Reno Fire Department says the pilot Mike Patey and two passengers were on board and were unharmed in the Monday crash at the Reno-Stead Airport.

Authorities say world-record-breaking pilot Patey was attempting to take off after attending the National Championship Air Races when wind rolled the plane.

Authorities say the wind-related incident resulted in extensive damage to the aircraft, named "Draco."

Officials say Draco was an exhibit at the air races this year and was not flying in the competitive event.

The STIHL National Championship Air Races mirrors the Cleveland Air Races decades ago and has been held in Nevada for 53 years.

An investigation is underway by the National Transportation Safety Board.