Two people died and three others were injured seriously after a small plane experienced mechanical difficulty and crashed in the desert near a Nevada airport, the Daily Mail reported.
The single engine Beechcraft Sierra carrying four passengers was headed to Gillespie Field Airport in California when it left Henderson Executive Airport on Saturday. Shortly after takeoff, mechanical problems forced the plane to turn around and try to get back to Henderson, but it couldn’t make it back before crashing half a mile away in the desert.
The plane caught fire after crashing. One passenger died at the scene, and one died later at the hospital. The other two passengers were injured seriously and taken to the hospital, and a bystander who pulled over to help suffered slight smoke inhalation.
Nearby streets were closed because of debris, which has since been cleaned up.
The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash. The investigation could take over a year to complete, however.
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