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Dr. Mike Morkin, medical director of emergency services at Renown Regional Medical Center, discusses the care given to those injured in Friday's crash of a World War II era fighter plane, in Reno, Nev., Saturday, Sept, 17, 2011. (AP) Dr. Mike Morkin, medical director of emergency services at Renown Regional Medical Center, discusses the care given to those injured in Friday's crash of a World War II era fighter plane, in Reno, Nev., Saturday, Sept, 17, 2011. (AP)

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Medical officials are using fingerprints and DNA to identify the remains of three people who were killed in Friday's crash of a plane during an air race in Reno.

Ten people died in the crash when a WWII-era P-51 Mustang fighter plane called The Galloping Ghost, plunged into the VIP section. The 74-year-old stunt pilot was among the dead in the nation's deadliest air racing disaster.

The shrapnel from the crash sprayed the crowd, leaving dozens more with severed limbs, including fingers, legs and arms.

Since the crash, authorities in Reno have been flooded with calls from around the country, as relatives and friends worried about the whereabouts of spectators.

Crisis Call Center executive director Kathy Jacobs says some of the callers became separated from family or friends after the accident.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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