About 4:30 PDT, #177 "Galloping Ghost", nosed dived into the box seats just South of the pit area during the last heat race on Friday September 16, 2011. Pilot Jimmy Leeward, age 74 and a veteran of the event since 1975, was killed as well as eight others. Some 54 were injured. For whatever reason, the aircraft departed the approved line of flight and crossed over the grandstand area which is an obvious violation of the rules, but when an aircraft is in trouble, due to malfunction of these highly modified airframes or from pilot error and or medical problems, rules don't mean very much. The four day event was immediately cancled. NTSB investigators were on-site for the event and were eye witnesses to the crash.