One dead, one survivor in plane crash near Truckee airport

TRUCKEE — One person is dead and another injured after a small plane crashed in the mountains late Monday morning near Truckee Tahoe Airport, officials said.

The Placer County Sheriff’s Office received a report at 11 a.m. that the aircraft was down roughly 6 miles southeast from the airport on Martis Peak near Juniper Creek, Capt. Jeff Ausnow said in a phone interview.

About 1 p.m., crews reached the Piper PA-46 Malibu and were rendering aid to the survivor, Ausnow said. A second person has since been confirmed dead.

The cause of the crash was unknown. No other information, including names of those in the plane and extent of the survivor’s injuries, was immediately known.

More than two dozen personnel from Placer County and other agencies responded, Ausnow said, using snowcats, snowmobiles and aircraft to locate the wreckage and work on an extraction plan for the survivor.

“Due to the rural and rugged terrain, it’s taken us a while to reach the aircraft,” he said.

The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate.


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