Sacto 9-1-1
September 21, 2011
Airplane crashes at Truckee airport

Tahoe Plane Crash.JPEG-0435.JPGAn airplane crashed on departure from the Truckee-Tahoe Airport this morning.

The twin-engine Piper Aztec aircraft crashed about 9:20 a.m. and burned on the airport grounds, according to Ian Gregor, spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration. The crash occurred under "unknown circumstances," according to Gregor.

The pilot, the only person on board, was airlifted to a Reno hospital, according to the Nevada County Sheriff's Department. The registered owner of the aircraft is a Bakersfield man, according to an FAA registry.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash. NTSB is the lead investigative agency.

PHOTO: Firefighters rush to the scene of a small airplane that crashed shortly after takeoff in Truckee today.

CREDIT: AP Photo/Tahoe Quarterly, Matt Palmer

KCRA: Plane crashes at Truckee-Tahoe Airport

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