3 Dead in Small Plane Crash Near Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A fire official three people are dead after an
experimental aircraft crashed into a house near the North Las Vegas

Deputy North Las Vegas Fire Chief Kevin Brame says it appears the pilot and one person in the house were killed on the scene. He says another person in the house died after being trandsported to University Medical Center in Las Vegas in critical condition.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor says the rear-propeller Velocity 173 RG aircraft crashed at 6:28 a.m. Friday, shortly after taking off from the North Las Vegas airport.

Gregor says the male pilot radioed that he wasn't gaining altitude and was going to crash moments before the aircraft hit the house, which burst into flames.

Brame says firefighters quickly doused the intense fire in the single-family home in a neighborhood not far from the end of the North Las Vegas Airport runway.

Gregor says the aircraft was certified for flight in 2002, and was owned by a Las Vegas resident. No names have been released.

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