Nova Scotia

Nova Scotian recalls Reno plane crash

A Nova Scotia man and his family were among the horrified spectators who watched a plane crash during an air race in Reno, Nev., last Friday.

Family escapes crash site with only bruises

A Nova Scotia man and his family were among the horrified spectators who watched a plane crash during an air race in Reno, Nev., last Friday.

Eleven people died after the Second World War-era plane slammed into the ground near a grandstand. More than a dozen others were still in hospital on Tuesday.

David Anstey and his family were out for a nice afternoon when things went horribly wrong in an instant.

The Sackville man looked up and quickly realized the aircraft was headed straight towards their section.

"At that point it was very evident that unless he pulled out that he was going to hit the crowd," Anstey said.

Anstey and his family watched the plane hit the ground.

"Then the debris started flying. Myself and my son dived for cover, as did my wife and everyone else that was in the box. We hit the ground and hoped for the best."

As they all laid on the ground, Anstey looked up at his family. He and his son were both fine, but his wife was hurt.

"She had been struck by something very hard in the leg, in the hip area," he said.

The plane left a crater in the tarmac about one metre deep and more than two metres across. Debris was spread out over half a hectare.

More than 70 people were treated for injuries.

Two Canadians were among the victims. George Hewitt, 60, and his wife, Wendy, 57, of Winnipeg were in the first few rows of VIP box seats.

The Ansteys made it back home bruised and battered but otherwise OK.

"Physically, we're fine. Mentally, it still plays in your mind. You keep revisiting the event. It's still hard to believe that it happened," Anstey said.

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