Four people were killed in a plane crash in North Las Vegas over the weekend.
The plane crash occurred at the North Las Vegas airport after two general aviation aircraft collided mid-air.
According to the Federal Aviation Administration, a single-engine Piper PA-46 and a single-engine Cessna 172 collided in the airport’s traffic pattern at around midday (FAA).
There were two passengers on each aircraft, and the crash claimed the lives of all four.
A Piper PA-46 can carry a pilot and five passengers, and a Cessna 172 can carry four people.
Cessna 172s is the most built aircraft model, the first version being introduced in 1955.
The planes crashed mid-air above the airport and landed in different areas.
According to department officials, the Piper crashed in a field east of Runway 30, and the Cessna fell into a water retention pond.
According to registration information with the Federal Aviation Administration, the Cessna 172 was registered to Binner Enterprises out of Henderson.
The Piper PA 46-350P was registered to Gold Aero Aviation LLC out of Florida.
The Piper PA-46 and Cessna 172 may have collided as the Piper PA-46 was getting ready to land, the FAA said. The crash is currently under investigation.
Dore Rodine, 58, spoke to reporters and mentioned that he has been flying for more than four decades and owns a single-engine aircraft hangar at that airport.
Rodine flies about once a week and was “extremely surprised” that a mid-air collision occurred at the North Las Vegas Airport.
The airport has an open field, little obstruction, and typically sunny, clear skies.
Footage has been circulating online depicting the mangled remains of an aircraft smoldering in flames on the tarmac of an airport.
Hours after the fatal incident, the aviation department said that the airport remained open for air traffic, with two runways being closed into the evening to allow first responders and investigators to work the scene.
The victim’s names, ages, and hometowns weren’t immediately released.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and FAA will investigate the cause of the mid-air collision at the North Las Vegas Airport.
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