The Latest: NTSB probes 2nd Reno-area plane crash in 2 weeks


RENO, Nev. (AP) — The Latest on a fatal small plane crash into a vehicle parking lot at Reno-Tahoe International Airport (all times local):

8:30 a.m.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash of a small plane into a vehicle parking lot at Reno-Tahoe International Airport that killed three people.

It was the second fatal small plane crash in two weeks near the airport.

Board spokesman Terry Williams said Monday that investigators are looking at what caused the single-engine Piper Cherokee to crash on takeoff about 6:15 p.m. Sunday at the airport in northern Nevada.

Airport spokesman Brian Kulpin said that three people aboard the plane were killed when the aircraft crashed into vehicles in the surface parking lot.

Officials say no one on the ground was killed or injured.

On Aug. 30, two people died aboard a single-engine Beechcraft A36 that crashed into a recreational vehicle park in Sparks, about a half-mile from Reno-Tahoe airport runway but no one on the ground was hurt.

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1:30 a.m.

Officials say three people are dead in a small plane crash in a parking lot at Reno-Tahoe International Airport.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor says the single-engine plane crashed on takeoff around 6:15 p.m. PDT Sunday.

Airport spokesman Brian Kulpin tells the Reno Gazette that the three were aboard the aircraft. No one on the ground was hurt.

TV station KRNV reports that several cars in the parking lot suffered damage from crash debris and the lot was closed to allow clean-up.

Kulpin says it’s still unclear what caused the Piper Cherokee to crash.

The paper says an investigator from the National Transportation Safety Board is scheduled to arrive Monday.

Airport operations weren’t affected.

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