Martis Peak crash one of many this past year

Reported by: Marissa Schwartz
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Updated: 3/03/2014 11:36 pm
RENO, Nev. ( & KRNV) -- News of Monday's tragic plane crash comes on the heels of several crashes in the region in the past year.

According to an FAA registry, the plane that crashed on Monday was a Piper PA-46 single engine aircraft. The aircraft is described by one local flight instructor as a high-performance, complex plane. While it is unknown what experience the pilot had, Monday's variable weather conditions could have been a contributing factor in the crash.

Bill Schroeder, a master-certified flight instructor in Carson City, has decades of experience flying in the mountainous terrain in our area. He said even the most experienced pilots have difficulty with approaches when landing at high-elevation airports such as Truckee. "Last year we calculated, from August to August, thirteen fatalities, which is high.  talk about these issues occurring in our flying neighborhood."

Schroeder says it appears as though the pilot attempted to land, lost sight of the runway, then tired to circle back and land once again. This is when the crash may have happened.

The aircraft originated out of Santa Ana, California, and was eventually located in approximately 4-5 feet of snow near Martis Peak. The FAA and NTSB will begin investigating on Tuesday.
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