Two dead, one critically injured in Truckee airplane crash |

Two dead, one critically injured in Truckee airplane crash

Hannah Jones
Investigators survey the scene of a plane crash Tuesday about one mile southeast of the Truckee airport. The pilot and one passenger died, while another passenger was critically injured, officials said.
Hannah Jones/

A Tuesday morning plane crash claimed the life of a pilot and one of two passengers shortly after taking off from the Truckee Airport, officials said.

According to the Placer County Sheriff’s Office, the pilot and owner of the single-engine plane has been identified as Kenneth Whittall-Scherfee, 60, of Carmichael.

Two passengers, both male, were transported to Renown Hospital in Reno. One was pronounced dead shortly after arriving to the hospital. On Thursday the Washoe County Medical Examiner’s Office revealed the identity of the second passenger as Peter C. Jackson, 55 of West Hollywood. An autopsy determined that Jackson’s cause of death was multiple blunt force injuries. The third passenger is still in critical condition.

The single engine piston left Truckee Airport around 7:30 a.m. headed east, and immediately experienced engine problems, officials said. The plane crashed one mile southeast of the airport.

Emergency dispatchers were contacted around 7:40 a.m. and units were on scene within minutes.

The plane was reportedly seen flattening out before it went down in an attempt to land, then crashed in the brush. Following the crash the plane was intact but severely damaged.

The incident is currently under investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration, the National Transportation Safety Board in coordination with the Placer County Sheriff’s Office.

Hannah Jones is a reporter for the Sierra Sun. She can be reached at 530-550-2652 or

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