SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, CA - A single engine Mooney airplane crashed shortly after takeoff from the South Lake Tahoe airport on July 22, 2013, around 11:10 a.m.
The plane began to lose altitude, crashed into some trees and flipped over, according to the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office.
The pilot, Steven Lefton of Palo Alto, CA, 67, was killed on impact.
His wife, Karen Lefton, sustained moderate injuries and was pinned in the wreckage of the plane, according to the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office.
Lefton was removed from the plane and airlifted by CalStar to Renown hospital in Reno.
Cal Fire, US Forest Service, South Lake Tahoe Fire Department, South Lake Tahoe Police Department and California Highway Patrol assisted on scene.
Investigators from the FAA and NTSB are investigating to determine the cause of the crash.