Two dead, one injured after plane crash near Truckee

2 now dead, 1 injured in plane crash near Truckee (Photo courtesy: Placer Co. Sheriff's Office on Twitter)

UPDATE - 7/19/18

The Washoe County Medical Examiner's Office has identified the second person killed in the crash as Peter C. Jackson, 55, of West Hollywood, California.

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


Two people have died and another person was seriously injured after a single-engine plane went down outside of the Truckee Tahoe Airport on Tuesday morning.

The Placer County Sheriff's Office says a total of three people were on board when the plane crashed on the west side of Highway 267 near Mercer Flats shortly after 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday 17.

The pilot of the aircraft has been identified as 60-year-old Kenneth Whittall-Scherfee of Carmichael, California. The identity of the second passenger has not been released.

A single-engine Navion-B aircraft left the Truckee-Tahoe Airport headed east when the plane reported engine trouble and "impacted the ground" while trying to return to the airport, Truckee Tahoe Airport and FAA personnel said in a statement.

The Army Corps of Engineers told a News 4 reporter on Wednesday morning that the plane and its wreckage cannot be towed out of the area due to fire concerns and will have to be removed via helicopter.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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