Plane crash at Truckee airport injures one |

Plane crash at Truckee airport injures one

David Bunker
Sierra Sun

A Cessna single-engine airplane crashed near the main runway of the Truckee Tahoe Airport Sunday afternoon shortly after taking off.

The pilot was injured in the crash, which ripped off the wings of the plane, according to investigators. Four people were on board, according to Mike Scott, assistant general manager of the airport.

“The plane hit on the wing, impacted hard on the ground and flipped over,” said Harry Smith, an investigator with the Federal Aviation Administration’s flight standards department.

The Cessna came to rest about 500 feet from the main runway, said Scott.

No unusual weather was reported at the airport at the time of the crash.

“The investigation team will look into the mechanics of the aircraft ” the engine and the flight controls. They will look at environmental factors and they’ll look at human factors,” said Scott.

The team will also be speaking with witnesses to see “how the aircraft was behaving,” before the crash, said Scott.

The airplane remains at the airport. It is registered in the Seattle area, said Scott.

Scott said the pilot was flown by Careflight to Renown Medical Center in Reno for treatment.