This Reno air show disaster video prompts every other person to ask the same thing of him/herself. Is it better to know your death is imminent and to prepare for it over days or weeks or months (which would naturally entail the usual fears and trepidations) or to slam into oblivion in the space of a few seconds?

A World War II-era P-51 Mustang crashed yesterday into “a box area in front of” a Reno viewing stand filled with spectators. Three have been reported dead, including the pilot, Jimmy Leeward . Over 50 injured, body parts and chaos. “Mechanical difficulties may have caused the crash,” officials are saying. That or Leeward suffered some kind of blackout or seizure and lost control, which sounds unlikely given his reported excellent health and decades of flying experience.