Update: Plane Crash at Truckee Airport

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Updated: 9/21/2011 5:23 pm

(Mynews4.com & KRNV) Truckee, Calif. – Around 9:20 Wednesday morning, just after takeoff, a twin engine Piper Aztec plane crashed at the Truckee Airport.  Witnesses say the plane was about 100 ft. off the ground when the plane went to the left and the wing hit the ground, did a cart wheel flip and skidded across the airport parking lot. The plane was then engulfed in flames.

"I looked out the window and saw these huge smoke stacks," said Stefan McLeod, a Truckee resident. He said in Truckee, everyone is sending their prayers to the pilot, especially after last week's crash at the Reno Air Races.

"That was such a tragic event,” he said. “It was just a few days ago and is on everyone's minds."

A spokesperson for the FAA said the pilot was the only person on board the twin engine plane. That pilot’s name has not been released, but they were taken by helicopter to a local hospital.

According to FAA records, the owner of the plane is Brian Mettler from Bakersfield, CA.

"This is a high altitude airport in the mountains and that brings additional challenges to fly out here," said Kevin Bumen, Director of Aviation at the Truckee Airport. He said this is the first crash at the airport this year.

Bumen could not tell News 4 where the plane was going.

NTSB and FAA officials are continuing their investigation at the crash site.



 


(Jeff Deitch MyNews4.com KRNV, © Copyright 2011 Intermountain West Communications Company.)
(Jeff Deitch MyNews4.com KRNV, © Copyright 2011 Intermountain West Communications Company.)
(MyNews4.com and KRNV) Truckee, CA - A twin engine Piper Aztec plane crashed at the Truckee Airport around 9:20 this morning.

The FAA's Public Affairs Manager, Ian Gregor, tells News 4 the pilot was the only person on the plane.  The pilot was taken to the hospital.  We do not know the extent of his injuries at this time.

According to Kevin Bumen, Director of Aviation at the Truckee Airport, it was a departure flight. He could not tell us where the plane was headed.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

According to FAA records the owner of the plane is Brian Mettler from Bakersfield, CA.  Bumen says the owner keeps the plane at the Truckee Airport half of the year.

According to Bumen, this is the first reported crash at the airport this year.

The airport was never closed.  Flights are moving in and out on schedule. 




Not the actual plane in the crash.
Not the actual plane in the crash.
(MyNews4.com and KRNV) Truckee, CA - The Director of Aviation at the Truckee Airport is stressing that this is not a full jet engine plane that crashed.  

News 4 has included this picture so you can get an idea of what a Piper Aztec plane looks like.

This is not the actual plane involved in the crash. 
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Bksfldfriend - 9/23/2011 6:57 PM
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this pilot has been flying in and out of Truckee from Bakersfield for over 30 years

paverunner - 9/22/2011 1:18 AM
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Just to get a little life into this story I will tell you what happened. The pilot came from a "sea level" home base. We as pilots are trained to "top off our tanks" when we are going some place. However when at a high altitude airport on a Hot day this is not a always a good idea. When we set up for take off we must account for density altitude. Not something a sea level pilot takes seriously. He is just not used to it. So when it comes time to open the throttles on take off you must ask did he have a little "short field" flaps extended, did he hold his brakes till he had max rpm on his engines, did he carry more airspeed than normal before he rotated. Some where in those areas we will find the cause of this accident.

paverunner - 9/22/2011 12:33 AM
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This is the third crash in the last 7 days and should be the end of the series. I don't know why this is the way it goes but I have seen it time and time again over the years. Now the aircraft news will go Quiet.
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