Pilot walks away from plane crash
A single-engine plane made a crash landing Thursday at Minden-Tahoe Airport after experiencing mechanical problems during takeoff. A Lake Tahoe man walked away shaken but uninjured.
David Barkley flew the Bonanza 836 TC to Carson Valley for an oil change in the morning, a mechanic said. After the service, he was on his way back to the lake at 2 p.m. when he lost power while switching fuel tanks.
He turned around and attempted to reach the runway, but was unsuccessful, landing about 300 yards north in knee-high sagebrush.
“It looks like he was running out of gas,” said East Fork firefighter David Bourne. “He came down without landing gear.”
There were no apparent fuel leaks and firefighters determined there was no fire danger.
The plane, a 1979 model manufactured by the Beechcraft company, suffered significant damage to the undercarriage and engine. The propellor hit the ground, but the plane remained upright.
The supercharged plane can carry six passengers. It is valued at about $200,000.
National Transportation Safety Board investigators were notified and will visit the site today, airport officials said.