Probe begins into private jet crash

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake The craft routinely has a two-member crew and seats six to eight passengers. The plane is owned by R.S.B. Investments, based in Washington, Pa., a company that does business as Skyward Aviation, Nelson said. Skyward is an aircraft charter, sales and management company. A company spokeswoman said she could not name the victims without the approval of the National Transportation Safety Board, which is leading the probe. Investigator Wayne Pollack flew to Truckee on Thursday from Los Angeles. He and other members of his team will analyze the wreckage and the weather conditions at the time of the crash. The plane attempted to land during a rainy Sierra storm, with winds of 23 mph and gusts hitting more than 40 mph, officials said. The airport had issued a warning on its Web page saying pilots might encounter “turbulence, downdrafts and wind shear.” TRUCKEE, Calif. – Federal investigators began their probe Thursday into the crash of a private business jet heading from Idaho to California that went down in a fiery crash as it tried to land at an airport north of Lake Tahoe, killing both occupants. Placer County Sheriff Edward N. Bonner said the victims had been tentatively identified, but positive identification was awaiting forensic testing. The twin-engine Learjet 35 had taken off from Twin Falls, Idaho, and was scheduled to pick up two passengers at Truckee Tahoe Airport, said Bruce Nelson, a Federal Aviation Administration operations officer in Los Angeles. The passengers were waiting in a car for the plane to arrive when it went down. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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