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Ventura County pilot identified as one of two who died in collision at Reno air show

The crash scene where two pilots died at an air show Sunday.
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The crash scene where two pilots died at an air show Sunday.

A race was over, and the Thousand Oaks man was landing when there was a collision with another plane that was also landing.

A Ventura County man has been identified as one of the two pilots who died in a collision at a major air show in Nevada.

Chris Rushing had just won the T-6 pylon racing competition at the National Championship Air Races in Reno Sunday.

T-6’s are World War II era training planes. In the competition, the planes race around huge pylons. The race had ended, and the Thousand Oaks pilot was preparing to land when his plane collided with another T-6, which was also landing.

Both planes crashed. Rushing died at the scene, as did the pilot of the other T-6, Nick Lacy from the Siskiyou County, in Northern California. National Transportation Safety Board investigators are trying to determine what led to the crash.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.