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Pilot watching Reno air show when WWII-era plane crashed: 'I was just blown off my feet'
RENO, Nev. (AP) ' A 25-year-old pilot described from his hospital bed watching in horror as a World War II-era plane came hurtling toward where he was sitting in the VIP section at a Reno air show.
Noah Joraanstad (JURN-stead) says he started running from the crash Friday, then got blown off his feet. He was bleeding from his head and covered in aviation fuel.
Joraanstad, who flies for a commuter airliner in Alaska, says he felt like he was on fire. Others tried to wash the fuel off him, but it wasn't until he was in an ambulance on the way to the hospital that emergency workers were able to stop the burning sensation.
Flying shrapnel hit his in back, barely missing his spine and kidney. He had nine stitches in his head.