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NTSB Releases Reno Air Crash Summary

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Federal investigators say a scrap of metal found about a mile from the Reno air show crash site may help them piece together what went wrong.

The National Transportation Safety Board summary released Friday said investigators are looking at whether something fell off the modified World War II-era racing aircraft last week as it climbed. The plane rolled and crashed nose-first into spectators, killing 11 including the pilot and injuring dozens more.

The NTSB says a piece of the aircraft tail was found not quite a mile away from the crash site. Photos showed a tail part, known as an elevator trim tab, missing as the plane went out of control.

The report made no conclusions, and noted that investigators are trying to extract clues from an onboard data box and camera equipment believed to be from the plane. A final report with findings could take more than a year.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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