Wednesday, 28 July 2021

Four dead as jet bursts into flames after crashing in California

A jet travelling from Coeur D'Alene Airport, ID (COE/KCOE), United States of America to Truckee Airport, CA (TKF/KTRK), United States of America has crashed near a Californian golf course resulting in the horrific death of all its passengers on Monday, as the jet burst into flames and started a small wildfire upon collision with a thicket of pine trees. The Bombardier CL-600-2B16 Challenger 605 had two crew members and two passengers on board at the time of the crash near Ponderosa Golf Course in Truckee, California on the 26th July.
“There’s not much intact at the crash site,” Nevada County Sheriff Shannon Moon said.
The cause of the crash remains unclear, though the Federal Aviation Administration stated that the plane was attempting to land at the Truckee-Tahoe Airport when they crashed, according to NBC News.

The jet reportedly narrowly missed a nearby residential area. Bystanders in the area saw the plane crash with their own eyes, and many were left shocked by the unfortunate incident. A giant fireball up to 60-70 feet high was witnessed by at least one resident, while many others in the vicinity saw or heard the plane crash. “We started hearing the plane coming in and I said that’s too low there’s something obviously wrong,” Truckee resident Jesse Quay told CBS affiliate KPIX. “It clipped a tree and blew up.” The aircraft crashed at 1:18 p.m. on Monday and is reported to have started a small wildfire that the authorities responded to promptly with fire engines, thus keeping the area from any further unnecessary casualties.

The FAA released a report on Tuesday that says there were two passengers and two crew members inside of the doomed jet. The names of the four deceased have not yet been released, possibly for the privacy of their families. Michael Kennedy, a pilot in the area at the time, told the Sacramento Bee that the area where they were attempting to land was known to be dangerous.

“It’s like the vortex of insane weather where it can look and appear clear, and you’re getting shoved into the ground from a wind shear that you’re not aware of and that no instrument can predict, or a microburst, which makes it very challenging,” Michael Kennedy told reporters.

Aircraft Information:
Operator/Owner: Tarco Aircraft Funding LLC
Aircraft: Bombardier CL-600-2B16 Challenger 605
Registration: N605TR
Serial Number: 5715
Engines: 2 General Electric CF34-3B
First Flew: 2008
Age: 13 Yrs


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