A single engine plane crashed shortly after takeoff from the Lake Tahoe Airport late Monday morning, apparently killing the male pilot and injuring his wife, according to Lake Tahoe News.
The names of the Palo Alto couple were not released Monday, but the woman was apparently conscious when she was airlifted by Calstar to Renown Medical Center in Reno, according to the paper. She is expected to recover from her injuries.
According to the Lake Tahoe News, the plane took off from the Lake Tahoe Airport around 11:15 a.m., banked to the right, lost altitude and crashed about three-quarters of a mile east of the airport.
A Calstar flight nurse, Beth Frisby, who was walking in the area, was first on the scene. She called her husband, Damian Frisby a deputy with El Dorado County Sheriff, who was able to track her location via GPS on her phone. She was assessing the condition of the plane occupants when crews arrived.
"A lot of fuel was leaking, so we were concerned when we got here," Lt. Pete VanArnum, spokesman for El Dorado County Sheriff's told the Lake Tahoe News. He also said it was lucky that the plane did not explode or cause much of a fire.