Three dead after private jet crashes and explodes in fireball near California golf course

Private jet crashes and EXPLOates in fireball near Lake Tahoe golf course, killing all three people on board investigators have not identified: Neighbors say their homes shook

  • The plane crashed near the Ponderosa Golf Course at around 1:20 p.m. on Monday
  • Officials report there were three people on board and there were no survivors
  • The aircraft was a Bombardier CL 600 that had departed from Idaho . earlier in the day
  • The jet came down between two neighboring houses, although officials said no one on the ground was injured
  • No reason was given for the crash and officials said visibility around the airport was clear

A private jet crashed and flew into a violent fireball in the Lake Tahoe area that shook nearby homes and killed all three people on board.

The Bombardier CL 600 was returning to land at Northern California’s Truckee Tahoe Airport around 1:20 p.m. Monday, when officials said it crashed into a wooded area adjacent to the airport near the Ponderosa Golf Course.

The crash also caused a small forest fire, which authorities were able to extinguish.

The names of those on board were not released Tuesday morning, a Nevada County, California Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman told DailyMail.com

No one on the ground was injured.

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A private jet crashed Monday afternoon and exploded in a fireball at a golf course in Truckee, California, killing all three on board.

Footage of the scene shows flaming debris in the immediate aftermath of the crash, which took place in a populated area

Footage of the scene shows flaming debris in the immediate aftermath of the crash, which took place in a populated area

The crash set off a small wildfire that was quickly extinguished, officials said

The crash set off a small wildfire that was quickly extinguished, officials said

“It was fortunate that no residential structures were hit at the crash site,” Nevada County coroner Shannon Moon said at a news conference Monday night. “Everyone on the ground can appreciate that.”

She said investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board would be on the scene Tuesday morning to begin identifying the people on board.

“We haven’t identified anyone on that plane for sure,” Moon said. “We’re not releasing any of the possible names or other things that… we’ve heard suspicions about some questions about who was on that plane.

“At this point we have not confirmed any positive identifications so we are not releasing any information and that is also to make sure that we absolutely take care of the families of the victims who we have not informed as the victims have not been notified. ‘

She added: “Not much is intact at the accident site.”

The model of the aircraft was a Bombardier CL 600 as pictured above

The model of the aircraft was a Bombardier CL 600 as pictured above

The plane took off at 11:45 a.m. Monday in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, according to flight records and is registered with the Florida-based Tarco Aircraft Funding.

The tail number of the craft was N605TR, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

That aircraft model can accommodate up to 14 passengers and two crew members, the Chronicle reported. There were three people on board, all of whom died, authorities said. The full route of the aircraft has not been released.

The plane hit the ground between two nearby houses, witnesses said at the exhaust, and set off a fire that was quickly extinguished.

“We are very lucky that it landed where it landed and no buildings or people on the ground were damaged,” Truckee Police Department spokesman Deverie Acuff said at Monday’s news conference.

The plane took off at 11:45 a.m. Monday in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, according to flight records and is registered with the Florida-based Tarco Aircraft Funding

The plane took off at 11:45 a.m. Monday in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, according to flight records and is registered with the Florida-based Tarco Aircraft Funding

A Truckee Tahoe Airport spokesman said there was smoke and haze in the Tahoe Basin at the time, but the area immediately around the airport was clear.

“There were no visibility restrictions, the plane could see the airport and they were talking to our control tower,” he said.

The pilot of the craft told air traffic controllers that he would have to circle the airport runway for his final approach, according to a recording of the conversation.

“We look forward to seeing you,” he said, before reporting that he had the runway in sight.

“It was quite a shock, very heartbreaking,” Caroline Bechdolt, co-manager of Ponderosa Golf Course, told the San Francisco Chronicle. She said one of the plane’s wheels had broken off and flew into the garage of an adjacent house.

Witnesses on the ground said their houses shook during the crash.

The sound of the incoming jet engines can be heard in audio from a nearby home security camera, before a loud impact and subsequent booms.

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