A California man who formerly owned a landscaping business in Reno apparently was the pilot of a small plane that crashed into a Reno home yesterday, killing him and his passenger.
The 1957 Beechcraft Bonanza aircraft that crashed into a house
about two miles south of Reno Tahoe-International Airport was
registered to 49-year-old John Monday of Laguna Beach, California.
Officials for the Federal Aviation Administration say they have
not formally identified the victims. But Karen Monday told the Reno
Gazette-Journal that an F-A-A official telephoned her this morning
and said her husband was believed to have been the pilot.
Mrs. Monday said she was unsure of the passenger's identity but
believed it might be a flight instructor from Corona, California,
where they were headed before the crash.
Both bodies remained in the plane today as the National
Transportation Safety Board continued an investigation into the
crash. After the plane left the Reno airport, the pilot called the
control tower and said he heard the engine quit.
An N-T-S-B investigator says possible causes include engine
trouble, a lack of fuel or propeller or electrical difficulties.
None of the four family members were home when the plane crashed but the family schnauzer, Roscoe, died in the fire.