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Pilot identified in South Lake Tahoe plane crash

Scene of the crash in South Lake Tahoe.
Scene of the crash in South Lake Tahoe.(El Dorado County Sheriff's Office)
Published: Jul. 7, 2020 at 7:06 PM PDT|Updated: Jul. 15, 2020 at 9:12 AM PDT
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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - The pilot of a small plane that crashed in Meyers near South Lake Tahoe was a Navy Commander at NAS Fallon.

Public Affairs Officer Zip Upham confirmed to KOLO 8 News Now that the pilot was Christopher Joas, 53, the Senior Flight Surgeon at NAS Fallon.

Joas had been in the Navy since 1989 and flew in F-14′s as the Radar Intercept Officer (RIO) before he went to medical school. He spent the last three years at NAS Fallon, but was schedule to rotate to another assignment within the month.

The Washoe County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the passenger who died in the crash as 51-year-old Margaret McGuire.

El Dorado County Sheriff’s deputies responded to reports of a crash involving a small plane on Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at 3:23 p.m. The plane went down into a wooded area near the community of Meyers in the South Lake Tahoe Basin.

Deputies say, they found a single engine plane crumpled and upside down when they arrived to the scene.

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office is working with the FAA and NTSB who will be investigating the cause of the crash.

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