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09/19/2011 11:40 am ET Updated Nov 19, 2011

Ed Larson, Reno Air Show Crash Survivor, Speaks From Hospital (VIDEO)

Ed Larson ran for his life.

Moments before the air show plane crashed to the ground, Larson was darting from grandstands, solely because his intuition told him to do so.

"I ran, for whatever reason, I ran. A second later the thing crashes right behind me,” Larson recounted during a televised press conference about Friday's crash in Reno, Nev.

The accident left nine dead, including pilot Jimmy Leeward, and dozens injured, according to MSNBC.

Larson considers himself lucky to be alive, escaping with injuries to his Achilles tendon, back and head caused by flying debris.

And his wife, Sherry, couldn't agree more.

“They told me the plane hit 20 feet away from where Ed was standing,” Sherry told KTXL Sacramento. “It was going 500 miles an hour, straight down, so for him to be alive is amazing.”

New reports suggest that the World War II-era plane had undergone "radical changes" before taking flight during the air show.

Changes included a 10-foot reduction from the plane's wingspan and adjustments to the back edges of the main wings, which control balance, according to The Associated Press.

Twenty pilots have died at air races over 47 years, but Reno's crash was the first to cause casualties among spectators, the Associated Press reports. Planes race at speeds of about 500 mph during the shows.

Larson has frequented the Reno Air Show several times and told KTXL he hopes they continue to host it.

“I don’t think they should cancel it,” Larson said. “It’s a great community event.”