Plane Crash Sparks Wildfire In Nevada

Plane Crash SparksWildfire In Nevada

29 June 2008

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USA — Authorities say four people were killed when their plane crashed afterapparently striking power lines Saturday afternoon about 20 miles northwest ofNorth Las Vegas.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor says all four werepassengers in the single-engine plane.

He says there are no survivors.

Gregor says a preliminary investigation shows the Piper Cherokee was en routefrom the North Las Vegas airport to Byron, Calif., when it crashed at about 2:45p.m. at the 7,000-foot level on Mt. Charleston.

The plane burst into flames after crashing and was destroyed.

The fire ignited a small wildfire near the Echo subdivision of the resort area.

Fire officials say the flames fire are climbed the steep and parched terrain ofthe Spring Mountain Recreation Area and are within a half-mile of homes.

Bureau of Land Management spokeswoman Kirsten Cannon says nearly 40 homes arethreatened by the 12-acre fire.

Authorities have ordered an evacuation of the subdivision. They expect to fullycontain the blaze by 6 p.m. Sunday.

Authorities did not immediately released information about the passengers.

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