FAA: Small plane heading to San Diego crashes in Las Vegas

Posted at 10:46 AM, Oct 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-29 20:35:46-04

(KGTV) -- A small plane believed to be heading to San Diego crashed in southwest Las Vegas Thursday morning.

KTNV, ABC 10News' Scripps sister station in Las Vegas, reported the Clark County Fire Department and Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department responded to reports of a small plane going down at around 9:30 a.m. local time near Raven Avenue and Hinson Street, several miles southwest of the Las Vegas Strip.

The plane burst into flames following the crash.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) told KTNV there were two people in the twin-engine Cessna 310 at the time of the crash. KTVN, citing the Clark County Fire Department (CCFD), reported the two unidentified occupants died.

An FAA official told ABC 10News the plane departed North Las Vegas Airport and its end destination was listed as Gillespie Field in San Diego. The plane had reportedly taken off from the North Las Vegas airport at 9:29 a.m. and crashed at 9:38 a.m.

CCFD said witnesses reported the plane flying low before hearing a crash after it disappeared from sight.

Bruce Langston, who was nearby at the time of the crash, described hearing an "awful" sound and a giant "fireball" when the plane struck the wall of a construction site.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and FAA are investigating the incident. The FAA said it will release the tail number of the aircraft once investigators verify the number.

Video from the scene captured by KTNV's Chopper 13:

Information reported by KTNV's Joyce Lupiani