Safety of popular air shows, races under scrutiny

By JOAN LOWY | January 8, 2012 | 8:38 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Some victims of last year's air show crash in Nevada say they want to attend future air races even though that event was the worst air race accident in the U.S. in more than 50 years.

But a lawyer for some victims says he's told his clients, "You are absolutely nuts."

At the September show in Reno, 11 people died and about 70 more were injured when a souped-up World War II-era warbird crashed, sending shrapnel into the crowd.

On Tuesday, the National Transportation Safety Board will hear from industry officials and others whether the safety of air shows and races can be improved.

The board says there have been 152 accidents since 1986, including 75 fatal accidents. All those killed were performers except for the fatalities in Reno.