The single-engine Beechcraft Sierra plane took off from the runway, had a mechanical issue and turned around in an attempt to land when it crashed south of the airport, Henderson spokeswoman Kathleen Richards told The Las Vegas Review-Journal.
2 dead, 3 injured in small plane crash at Nevada airport
The propeller plane was bound for the Gillispie Field airport in El Cajon, California, around 20 miles (32 kilometers) east of San Diego, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor told the newspaper in an emailed statement.
Two people killed in plane crash on Saturday night near Henderson Executive Airport. 3 other people were also injured. The plane experienced mechanical issues. Sean DeLancey reporting.
One person died at the scene, and the other person died at a hospital, Richards said. One person had serious injuries, and another person had minor injuries.
A Good Samaritan who tried to help rescue the people in the plane suffered minor injuries from smoke inhalation, firefighters said.
The Clark County coroners office will identify the deceased after families are notified, Richards said.
The planes registered owner is a company located next to the Gillispie Field airport, the newspaper reported, citing online FAA records. That address corresponds to two flight schools, California Flight Academy and California Wings of El Cajon.
The National Transportation Safety Board will lead the investigation into the cause of the crash, which Gregor said could take a year or more to complete.
Two people killed in plane crash
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