Nevada plane crash injures man in backyard, 2 others
CARSON CITY (AP) – A single-engine plane crashed into a backyard on its approach to an airport runway, injuring a man watering his lawn and a couple aboard the plane.
The plane lost power and landed upside down Saturday night in the Appolo Drive yard, pinning resident Robert Griffin beneath the tail, sheriff’s deputies said.
His home is located about 1,000 feet from the runway at Carson City Airport.
Griffin, 63, underwent surgery at Washoe Medical Center in Reno and was listed in serious but stable condition in its intensive care unit.
Pilot Kevin Jensen, 47, of Carson City, and his wife, Lois, were both injured and taken by ambulance to the hospital.
Kevin Jensen underwent surgery and was in stable condition at Carson-Tahoe Hospital in Carson City. His wife was released from Washoe Med after treatment for injuries.
After the plane lost power, the pilot unsuccessfully tried to glide the remaining distance to the runway, said sheriff’s Chief Deputy Scott Burau.
”What we are being told from neighbors and a brief interview with the pilot is the craft came in low and fast, clipping power lines and trees,” Burau told the Nevada Appeal.
”Both the pilot and neighbors so far are confirming the fact that the craft’s engine was not running.”
Terry Marshall was chatting with neighbors in her driveway next to the Griffin’s home when the plane crashed.
”It hit our tree and when it hit the big tree it just went nose diving into their backyard,” Marshall said. ”We saw him coming in and said, ‘Boy, he’s way too low.”’
She said the group ran over to help as the Jensens were trying to crawl out of the cockpit. All three victims were conscious, she added.
The 7:53 p.m. crash is under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board.
Wreckage was strewn throughout the quiet neighborhood.
”A wing is in the gully about 100 feet from the plane and sections of the tail are across the street,” Burau said.
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