09/09/2010 // West Palm Beach, FL, US // Sandra Quinlan // Sandra Quinlan
Henderson, NV—A small aircraft crashed in a residential neighborhood south of Las Vegas Monday, September 6, 2010, killing one person and injuring three others. The wrecked plane burst into flames upon hitting the ground and flipping over, according to information provided by the Associated Press.
While the crash itself was horrific, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Sgt. John Sheahan contended it was incredible that there were no injuries reported on the ground.
“I think we can attribute that to the pilot trying to put it down in a safe place… You’re talking the plane crashed maybe 20 or 30 feet (from the nearest home),” Sgt. Sheahan added.
Reports indicated a single-engine Piper Cherokee smashed into two brick walls, a streetlight pole and a tree before crashing on a residential Henderson street. The aircraft then caught fire and seemingly ejected to of its occupants.
Witnesses at the scene helped pull the remaining two occupants from the burning plane, noting that they were conscious on the scene.
Three of the unidentified victims were rushed to University Medical Center. Their conditions reportedly ranged from serious to critical.
Another person aboard the plane sadly suffered fatal injuries in the Nevada aviation accident.
The victims’ identities have yet to be released.
According to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) spokesperson Ian Gregor, the plane departed from Henderson Executive Airport around 8 a.m. However, it was unsuccessful in gaining altitude.
The pilot then allegedly tried to turn back to the airport but didn’t manage to do so in time.
Police Lt. Joe Ojeda reported, “It appeared the way the aircraft was lined up that he did try to land on the road itself… On first blush it looks like he did try to do some kind of maneuver to get down as safely as he could.”
Authorities from the FAA and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) are investigating the fiery Nevada plane crash. It could take six months to a year until the probe draws to a close.
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