A Cessna 182 that crashed in the Pine Nut Mountains, killing its two occupants, is being examined by federal investigators to discover what happened.
The plane was piloted by Reno resident Cory Marble, 30, whose passenger was part-time Sunridge resident Brittney Hocking-Cangemi, 21.
According to a preliminary report issued by the National Transportation Safety Board, the pair left North Las Vegas Airport at 6 p.m. April 14 heading for Minden-Tahoe Airport, to drop off Hocking-Cangemi. No flight plan was filed.
The crash occurred at 8:50 p.m. near Bald Mountain, northeast of Double Spring Flat, about 200 feet below the ridgeline.
The search began on April 15 after Marble’s family members told the Federal Aviation Administration he hadn’t arrived in Stead. In response, searchers from Douglas, Lyon and Washoe counties, the U.S. Air Force and the Civil Air Patrol traced the flight path looking for the aircraft.
The plane’s wreckage was spotted by Washoe County’s RAVEN helicopter on April 18 and Douglas County recovered the bodies of the two victims and secured the site for federal investigators. All the aircraft’s major structural components were located in the vicinity of the crash, according to the preliminary report.
The airplane was recovered on April 24 for further examination, the report said.