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UPDATE: 6 dead in plane crash (video)

Update Wednesday 3:21 p.m.:

Six people died in a Monday plane crash near the Truckee Tahoe Airport, officials said Wednesday.

“It is six total on the airplane, all deceased,” said Andrew Trygg, public information officer with the Sheriff’s Office.

Four passengers and two crew members were killed. Their identities have not been released.



“Due to the crash scene itself and the resulting fire, we have to use DNA to try to confirm who the individuals were,” Trygg said.

Update at 11:15 a.m.:

The Federal Aviation Administration has confirmed four people died in yesterday’s plane crash near Truckee Tahoe Airport.



Two of the deceased were passengers and the other two were flight crew. There were no survivors.

Flight tracking information from flightaware.com shows the plane, which is registered to Tarco Aircraft Funding, LLC., departed from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation, according to officials.

Update from press conference:

Around 1:20 p.m. Monday, a Bombardier Challenger twin turbo jet crashed into the heavily treed terrain adjacent to the Truckee Tahoe Airport along Reynolds Way, authorities said.

It’s unknown how many people were aboard, though there were no survivors. None of the bodies have been positively identified, according to the Nevada County coroner.

No structures or people on the ground were impacted or harmed. The crash caused a small wildfire about a half-mile down Reynold Way, which was quickly contained at a quarter-acre. The firefighters who extinguished the fire returning to their respective stations after fighting the Tamarack fire.

The plane had been approaching Runway 11 when it crashed, though the origin of the flight is unknown. A plane this size can hold 14 passengers and 2 crew members.

Residences on Reynold Way and Stewart Court were evacuated while the firefighters, law enforcement, and utility personnel worked the scene. The plane knocked out power lines and created hazardous trees, making the area unsafe.

Local authorities say they’re investigating, along with the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration.

As of Monday, it was unclear whether poor visibility due to wildfire smoke played a factor. The haze wasn’t significant enough to restrict air traffic. While the plane had communicated with the control tower, it is unknown what had been said.

The NTSB will arrive Tuesday morning to investigate, and more details will be released then.

UPDATE at 5:30 p.m. Monday

Around 1:20 p.m. Monday, a twin turbo jet Challenger 605 crashed into the heavily treed terrain adjacent to the Truckee Tahoe Airport along Reynolds Way, authorities said.

It’s unknown how many people were aboard.

No structures or people on the ground were impacted or harmed. The crash caused a small wildfire about a half-mile down Reynold Way, which was quickly extinguished.

Some residences on Reynold Way and Stewart Court were evacuated while the firefighters, law enforcement, and utility personnel worked the scene.

Local authorities say they’re investigating, along with the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration.

The origin of the plane is undetermined. It might have taken a different flight path than normal, though this is still under investigation.

As of Monday, it was unclear whether poor visibility due to wildfire smoke played a factor. It’s also unknown whether the plane had communicated any problems to the control tower.

Update 3:10 p.m.:

The plane that went down earlier this afternoon in Truckee was a twin turbo jet Challenger 605, which was on approach for landing at the Truckee Tahoe Airport when it impacted heavily treed terrain adjacent to the airport along Reynolds Way.

No structures or people on the ground were impacted or harmed in the crash. The number of passengers and crew on board is undetermined at this time, according to the Truckee Police Department.

Authorities are working with the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration.

Additional details on the incident will be available at 3:30 p.m.

Update 1:50 p.m.:

According to a Nixle alert: “Fire crews responding to a plane crash and small wildland fire near Ponderosa Golf Course. Fire has been contained. No threat to Truckee. Please stay clear of the area.”

Initially posted:

A plane crashed at the Truckee Tahoe Airport Monday afternoon, causing a vegetation fire and evacuation of nearby residences.

According to scanner traffic, some Stewart Court and Reynold Way homes have been evacuated.

Homes in the area of Reynold Way and Stewart Court were evacuated Monday due to a plane crash and vegetation fire.
Authorities responded Monday afternoon to a plane crash in Truckee.
Megan Wutzke

 


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