A two-engine jet crash near a golf course in the Lake Tahoe area killed everyone on board and ignited a wildfire which was quickly contained before threatening the town of Truckee, Californiaauthorities said Monday.
It was not immediately clear how many people were on board the Bombardier CL 600. The federal aviation administration said the plane crashed at 1:18 p.m. Monday while the pilot attempted to land at the nearby Truckee-Tahoe airport.
The owner of the plane and the flight plan were not immediately released, though authorities later said it may have come from either Coeur d’Alene, Idaho or Florida.
The CL 600 is a multi-seat business jet with two engines mounted on the rear body and a distinctive T-shaped tail. The jet can accommodate as many as 14 passengers and two crews.
Nevada officials could not confirm Monday the number of people on the plane.
No one on the ground was injured when the plane hit a wooded area near Ponderosa Golf Course, a few blocks from the airport.
Nevada County Coroner Shannan Moon said it was fortunate the plane did not hit anyone home.
An FAA statement said the agency and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash.