Two killed in single-engine plane crash in South Lake Tahoe (updated)
October 12, 2015
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — A small plane crashed around 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 (FAA) and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigators are expected to start their investigation of the crash Sunday, Oct. 11. 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.
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. Fire 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. Sheriff's Office officials remained on scene overnight to oversee crash site.
A portion of the plane's tail broke off during the crash and remained stuck in a tree after the fire. One residence 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.
Federal Aviation Administration 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.
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