A Federal Aviation Administration spokesman says the Cessna 170
crashed in a heavily wooded area about one mile south of the
airport just after 9 o'clock Saturday night.
The FAA says the plane went down under "unknown circumstances"
and could not say if the plane had just taken off or was on
approach to the airport at the time of the crash.
The wreckage of the plane was found just before 2 a.m. Sunday by
a California Highway Patrol helicopter and deputies on the
The two occupants of the plane were found dead. Their names have
not been released.
Both the FAA and National Transportation Safety Board are
investigating the crash.
Pilot Killed in Plane Crash Near
Federal investigators are trying to determine the cause of a
small plane crash that killed a pilot near the Sierra town of
Truckee Thursday afternoon.
The Federal Aviation Administration says the pilot was flying
alone when the twin-engine Cessna 421 crashed Thursday afternoon in
the Tahoe National Forest about 15 miles northeast of
The pilot's name wasn't immediately released.
The plane was en route from Santa Clara to Reno, Nev., when it
went off radar about 20 miles west of its destination.
Witnesses reported seeing a fireball in the sky before the
plane went down.
The FAA says the plane was registered to Reno-based Tri-Wings
The National Transportation Safety Board is leading an
investigation into the crash.