Mid-Air Collision

By: James Steiner
By: James Steiner

Authorities say the jet was travelling, at three hundred knots, when it collided with the glider over Douglas County about three this afternoon.
They say the plane had just gotten clearance, from the tower, to descend to 12-thousand feet.
The pilot had to land without any landing gear.
Sheriff's deputies say he sustained non-life threatening injuries.
Miraculously, the co-pilot and three passengers, on board, were *not hurt.
We understand the aircraft is a Hawker 800-XP.
That's a fixed wing, multi-engine, turbo jet.
The plane belongs to Mecox Ventures Incorporated out of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Officials say the pilot left Los Angeles sometime this afternoon, and was on its way to Reno.
We don't know much about the glider because it's still missing.
Search and rescue operations are underway at the Minden airport.
Crews from Carson City, Douglas, Lyon and Washoe counties, are combing east of the Pine Nut mountains.
They say they don't know if there were any survivors due to the impact of the collision.
National Transportation and Safety Board is in Carson City tonight...heading up the accident investigation.
They say it could be sometime until we know what happened and why.


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