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The Nevada County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday that six people died when a private jet crashed near the Ponderosa Golf Course in Truckee.
The Federal Aviation Administration said a day earlier that four people were killed.
The sheriff’s office said learning the victims’ identities could take weeks due to the fire the crash caused.
Original story below:
TRUCKEE, Calif. (KTXL) — Four people were killed Monday when a private jet crashed near a golf course in Truckee, the Federal Aviation Administration said.
National Transportation Safety Board investigators arrived in Truckee around noon Tuesday. A fairway of the Ponderosa Golf Couse was marked by yellow tape in a grid around the area where the twin-engine private jet crashed between two homes on the golf course Monday before exploding into a fireball.
The fire was so intense that what remained left little indication that it was an airplane.
“Very fortunate, yeah, all of us,” said Richard Holke who lives a few hundred yards from the wreckage. “And then, plus with all the fire danger, to see the trees go up in flame right there immediately, too.”
Holke said an airplane wheel crashed through his friend’s garage.
“The trees stopped the plane from crashing right into his house,” he explained.
Holke said another close call was a school bus on the street at the time of the crash.
“The driver of the bus stopped like 60 feet before the plane hit,” Holke told FOX40.
Residents were contacted to see if any wreckage landed on their property.
A search and rescue team was on scene to help search for parts of the wreckage and possible human remains.
The jet the crashed typically requires a pilot and co-pilot, meaning the other two victims were passengers.
“Due to the extent of the crash scene and the resulting fire, names will not be available for quite some time,” wrote Nevada County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Andrew Trygg. “We will be using DNA evidence to confirm the decedents.”
Recovering a flight recorder is key, but the investigation will also include a check of pilot histories and maintenance records of the plane.
It could be weeks or months before a preliminary cause is released by the NTSB, but a spokesperson said the jet had originated from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.