April 23, 2014
Pilot error has been blamed for the crash of a corporate jet in Truckee in December of 2005 that killed both men on board.
A probable cause report released by the National Transportation
Safety Board concluded the pilot of a Learjet 35-A that crashed and
exploded while attempting to land at Truckee-Tahoe Airport
compensated inadequately for gusty crosswinds and failed to
maintain adequate airspeed while maneuvering in a steep turn close
to the ground.
The victims, 40-year-old Jonathan Martin and 34-year-old Brett Karpy both were pilots for Skyward Aviation based in Washington,
They were landing in Truckee to pick up passengers after flying from Twin Falls, Idaho.
The report did not say which pilot was at the controls when the jet went down.
No evidence of any mechanical malfunction prior to the plane's impact was found.
The 2005 crash was the last fatal aircraft accident at Truckee-Tahoe Airport and the first involving a jet.