Plane crash kills 1, injures 3 near Vegas
A small plane crashed and burst into flames on a residential street in southern Nevada on Monday, killing one person and badly injuring three others, authorities said.
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Sgt. John Sheahan said two male and two female passengers were aboard the single-engine Piper Cherokee when it crashed in Henderson, just south of Las Vegas.
Sheahan said it was a miracle that no one on the ground was injured. “I think we can attribute that to the pilot trying to put it down in a safe place,” he said. “You’re talking, the plane crashed maybe 20 or 30 feet” from the nearest home, he added.
Police Lt. Joe Ojeda told the Las Vegas Sun that the plane struck two block walls, a streetlight and a tree before landing in the street, and that residents pulled two occupants from the burning wreckage before firefighters arrived.
“It appeared the way the aircraft was lined up that he did try to land on the road itself,” Ojeda told the Sun.
Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said the plane took off from Henderson Executive Airport shortly after 8 a.m. and was unable to gain altitude. The pilot tried to return but crashed about two miles northwest of the airport.
– Associated Press
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