Federal investigators began their probe Thursday into the crash of a private business jet heading from Idaho to California that went down in a fiery crash as it tried to land at an airport north of Lake Tahoe, killing both occupants.
Placer County Sheriff Edward N. Bonner said the victims had been
tentatively identified, but positive identification was awaiting
The twin-engine Learjet 35 had taken off from Twin Falls, Idaho,
and was scheduled to pick up two passengers at Truckee Tahoe
Airport, said Bruce Nelson, a Federal Aviation Administration
operations officer in Los Angeles.
The passengers were waiting in a car for the plane to arrive
when it went down.
The craft routinely has a two-member crew and seats six to eight
The plane is owned by R.S.B. Investments, based in Washington,
Pa., a company that does business as Skyward Aviation, Nelson said.
Skyward is an aircraft charter, sales and management company.
A company spokeswoman said she could not name the victims
without the approval of the National Transportation Safety Board,
which is leading the probe.
Investigator Wayne Pollack flew to Truckee on Thursday from Los
Angeles. He and other members of his team will analyze the wreckage
and the weather conditions at the time of the crash.
The plane attempted to land during a rainy Sierra storm, with
winds of 23 mph and gusts hitting more than 40 mph, officials said.
The airport had issued a warning on its Web page saying pilots
might encounter "turbulence, downdrafts and wind shear."