1 dead after small plane crashes near Jacks Valley Road in Minden

Crews locate downed Piper aircraft near Jacks Valley Road in Minden

1 person is dead after a small plane crashed east of Jacks Valley Road in Minden late Monday morning, according to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office.

Captain Terry Taylor with East Fork Fire Protection District says the aircraft was located in the area of Hobo Hot Springs Road, west of US 395 shortly before noon on February 19.

Ian Gregor with the Federal Aviation Administration says the FAA lost radar and radio with a Piper PA-34 Seneca inbound to the Minden-Tahoe Airport from Bakersfield at 11:25 a.m.

A man who identified himself as the pilot's son tells News 4-Fox 11 that his dad, who was from the Minden area, was flying home alone from central California. Authorities have not confirmed whether or not there was anyone else on board.

Witnesses told authorities they reported seeing some kind of explosion before the plane crashed indicating that the aircraft may have experienced some type of technical malfunction.

Dan Coverley with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office says the plane appeared to be missing a portion of a the wing and tail.

The National Transportation Safety Board will take over the remainder of the investigation.

This is a breaking story. Check back with us for updates.

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