TRUCKEE PLANE CRASH: All 6 victims now identified

Police respond to the scene of a crash involving a small plane in Truckee.
Police respond to the scene of a crash involving a small plane in Truckee.(Truckee Police)
Published: Jul. 26, 2021 at 3:56 PM PDT|Updated: Aug. 4, 2021 at 2:54 PM PDT
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TRUCKEE, Calif. (KOLO) - AUG. 4 UPDATE: The Nevada County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed the identities of all six people killed in the crash of a small plane July 26th at the Truckee Tahoe Airport.

  • Thomas Ebaugh, 56, Lakeville MN
  • Kevin Kvarnlov, 34, Mendota Heights MN
  • Christine Thomas, 33, La Quinta CA
  • Ryan Thomas, 38, La Quinta CA
  • Alberto Montero De Collado De La Rosa, 43, Mexico
  • John Dunn, 62, Dallas TX

JULY 30 UPDATE: The ABC affiliate television station in Palm Springs, KESQ is reporting that four of the six people killed in Monday’s plane crash near the Truckee Tahoe Airport were from Coachella Valley near Palm Springs.

According to KESQ, pilot Bret Ebaugh’s death was confirmed by his wife on a Facebook post. Three other deaths were connected to a real estate agency in La Quinta which confirmed that Kevin Kvarnlov, and Ryan and Christine Thomas were killed in the crash.

JULY 28 UPDATE (ASSOCIATED PRESS) Six deaths have been confirmed in the crash of a twin-engine jet near a golf course in the Lake Tahoe area.

The Nevada County Sheriff’s Office says all those aboard the plane died when it crashed Monday in a heavily wooded area in Truckee.

Authorities initially said three people died. The identities of the victims weren’t released pending DNA identification.

The FAA says the twin-engine aircraft went down as the pilot was trying to land at Truckee-Tahoe Airport. The National Transportation Safety Board said Wednesday that two of its investigators were on scene investigating the crash. It says the flight originated from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

UPDATE: The Federal Aviation Administration has confirmed that the plane crash in Truckee Monday afternoon killed four people.

The plane was carrying a flight crew of two and two passengers. The names of the dead have not been released.

Multiple agencies provided an update during a press conference and said there was “not much intact at the crash scene,” and said it was fortunate that the plane did not crash into any homes.

Officials say the Bombardier CL-600-2B15 can typically hold up to 14 passengers and two crew members.

Officials said the plane may have originated from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho or Florida.

It is undetermined if smoke from nearby wildfires or poor visibility played a role in the crash.

Truckee’s Chief of Police said power is out in the area where the plane crashed, and the area will be closed until the investigation is complete.

ORIGINAL STORY: Reynolds Way in Truckee, Calif. is closed while crews respond to the scene of a crash involving a small plane.

The call came in around 1:20 p.m. Monday, July 26, 2021.

The Twin Turbo Jet CHALLENGER 605 crashed near Ponderosa Gold Course and sparked a small brush fire, officials said.

It was attempting to land at the Truckee-Tahoe Airport when it impacted heavily treed terrain. No structures or people on the ground were impacted or harmed in the crash. The number of passengers and crew on board is undetermined at this time.

The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating.

Stay with KOLO 8 News Now on this developing story.

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