(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.