Two killed in South Lake Tahoe plane crash |

Two killed in South Lake Tahoe plane crash

by Sebastian Foltz
Fire from Saturday evening's plane crash was quickly contained through a joint response of four firefighting agencies. The single-engine plane is believed to have struck the tops of a few trees before crashing by a South Lake Tahoe residence (pictured).
Sebastian Foltz / Tahoe Daily Tribune |

National Transportation Safety Board investigators are examining the wreckage of a Beech 35 Bonanza in which two people died in South Lake Tahoe on Saturday.

The crash started a fire at around 5:30 p.m. doing some damage to a nearby home, but not causing any injuries on the ground.

The occupants’ bodies were recovered on Sunday, according to the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office.

Names of the crash victims have yet to be released.

The crash site is located at 1650 Tionontati St.

Witnesses said the aircraft clipped the top of a tree before striking the ground near a home.

Portions of a nearby home caught fire as a result of the crash. Fire crews from the U.S. Forest Service, Lake Valley and South Lake Tahoe fire departments and Cal Fire all responded to the blaze.

One witness reported flames visible from Pioneer Trail as he passed by shortly after the crash. Fire crews were able to contain the fire in a short period of time. Sheriff’s office officials remained on scene overnight to oversee the crash site.

A portion of the plane’s tail broke off during the crash and remained stuck in a tree after the fire.

One home had substantial scorch marks on the exterior of the building as a result of the crash. There appeared to be no structural damage to the building. Portions of the roof of the residence were also damaged. The fire was contained within a roughly half-acre of a heavily treed property.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer told the Associated Press the plane crashed shortly after take-off from the Lake Tahoe Airport.