KANSAS CITY, Mo.—The Elvin family of Overland Park, Kan. will never be the same after Friday's air show disaster in Reno, Nevada. The family matriarch was killed and four family members seriously injured. A relative share details about the family's recovery on Wednesday.
Cherie Elvin died along with ten other people when a vintage WWII era plane crashed. Her husband, two sons and daughter-in-law all remain hospitalized in Reno where a cousin updated their situation.
"Yesterday, the medical examiner confirmed that Cherie Elvin did not survive but we're here today to tell you that four others are survivors and they are improving day by day," said Alan Martin Elvin. "It is a long process and that's where the love the prayers and support are of so much help to us."
Alan Elvin is a cousin to Bill and Brian Elvin. He spoke from a Reno hospital where the brothers are being treated.
"We want people to know that the Elvins loved the air races," he said. "A s a family the Elvins have been attending them for more than 16 years and it was more than just an event. It was a chance for a little mini family reunion we actually then became a tradition."
As a part of the tradition, the Elvin family liked to book box seats at the event. No one could've predicted it would be the most dangerous place on the ground when the P-41 Mustang Airplane lost control and slammed into the tarmac. The cause of the crash remains under investigation. There has been a lot of focus on the plane's tail.
Amateur video clips appear to show a small piece of the aircraft known as the "elevator trim tab" falling to the ground before the crash. It's the Trim Tab that helps pilot keep control of the aircraft.