2 killed after plane crashes in South Tahoe neighborhood | SierraSun.com

2 killed after plane crashes in South Tahoe neighborhood

Sebastian Foltz
sfoltz@tahoedailytribune.com
Fire from Saturday evening's plane crash was quickly contained through a joint response of four firefighting agencies. The single-engine plane is believed to have struck the tops of a few trees before crashing by a South Lake Tahoe residence (pictured).
Sebastian Foltz / Tahoe Daily Tribune |

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — A small plane crashed at about 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 10, in a South Lake Tahoe neighborhood near Pioneer Trail and the Lake Tahoe Airport.

Officials on scene reported two fatalities. Both were in the plane at the time of the crash. No one on the ground was injured.

Federal Aviation Association and National Transportation Safety Board officials are investigating. The El Dorado County coroner’s office will be on site Sunday to assist in the investigation.

Names of the crash victims have yet to be released.

FAA spokesman Allen Kenitzer told the Associated Press that the plane was a Beech 35 Bonanza — a four to six seat single-engine aircraft.

Kenitzer said the plane crashed shortly after take-off from the Lake Tahoe Airport.

The crash site is located at 1650 Tionontati Street. On-scene witnesses said the aircraft clipped the top of a tree before striking the ground near a residence.

Portions of a nearby home caught fire as a result of the crash. Crews from the U.S. Forest Service, Lake Valley and South Lake Tahoe fire departments and Cal Fire all responded to the blaze, along with members of the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office.

One witness reported sizable flames visible from Pioneer Trail as he passed by shortly after the crash.

Fire crews were able to contain the fire in a short period of time.

A portion of the plane’s tail broke off during the crash and remained stuck in a tree after the fire.

One residence sustained substantial scorch marks on the exterior of the building as a result of the crash. There appeared to be no structural damage to the building. Portions of the roof of the residence were also damaged. The fire was contained within a roughly half-acre of a heavily treed property.