Two killed in plane crash Thursday near Truckee |

Two killed in plane crash Thursday near Truckee

Greyson Howard and Kevin MacMillan
Sierra Sun
Greyson Howard/Sierra SunEmergency personnel from Calfire, Placer County Sheriff's Office, Truckee Tahoe airport and other agencies stand by a downed airplane Thursday afternoon in the Martis Valley. Placer County Sheriff's officials reported both the pilot and passenger dead on scene.

UPDATE: 5:23 p.m.

TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; Two people were killed after a small-engine airplane crashed Thursday afternoon during a failed landing attempt at Truckee Tahoe Airport.

Placer County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Allan Carter said Truckee Tahoe Airport received a transmission from the aircraft’s pilot, who informed personnel the plane was making a left-hand turn on approach to land.

Another plane was waiting to take off until the first aircraft landed, Carter said, but the airport never heard from it again. Minutes later, Carter said, the airport received a phone call from someone who had either seen the crash or come across the wreckage.

Truckee Tahoe Airport personnel were the first on scene, Carter said. Carter and PCSO Deputy Dave Hunt confirmed the plane’s unidentified pilot and passenger were killed. The names of both will not be released until next-of-kin are notified.

This story was first reported at 2:25 p.m. Thursday at

According to various newspaper and TV station reports, Federal Aviation Administration Spokesman Ian Gregor said the pilot had departed from Truckee and intended to return to the same airport.

FAA records show the aircraft’s registered owner was Rotge Raymond of Santa Rosa, Calif., but it us unclear if the owner was on board Thursday.

The crash occurred just east of the airport, off State Highway 267 in the Martis Valley, a couple miles north of Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort. The initial call came out over the police scanner around 2:15 p.m.

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