Monday, September 12, 2016

Three dead in Piper PA-28R-201T Turbo Arrow III crash in Reno-Tahoe Airport parking lot

The crashed plane

By Staff
Updated: Mon 12:30 PM, Sep 12, 2016

RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - Update: KOLO 8 News Now has learned from multiple sources that one of the three people killed in Sunday evening's plane crash was a San Francisco area bail bondsman. The names of the victims have not been released, but there are social media posts online paying tribute to the bail bondman.


Three people were killed Sunday in the crash of a small plane into the long-term parking lot at Reno-Tahoe International Airport. No names have been released.

The plane was headed to San Carlos, California when it encountered some sort of problem shortly after takeoff around 6:15PM September 11, 2016.

The plane was a Piper Cherokee, which is a small, single-engine aircraft carrying the pilot and two passengers.

No one was injured in the parking lot, but because it is still an active investigation scene, 75-100 cars will have to remain in the parking lot until the National Transportation Safety Board has concluded the investigation.

The airport will help anyone who owns one of those vehicles with cab rides or parking fare.

The NTSB takes over the investigation Monday morning. The parking garage and rental car areas are open. Cars are not allowed to enter the surface lot.

Airport officials say the investigation won't affect operations, but people should still check with their airlines if they are flying in the morning.


Time: 18:15
Piper PA-28R-201T Turbo Arrow III
Owner/operator: RCS3 LLC
Registration: N821ET
C/n / msn: 28R-7703147
Fatalities: Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities: 0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location: Reno/Tahoe International Airport (KRNO), Reno, NV - United States of America
Phase: Take off
Nature: Unknown
Departure airport: Reno/Tahoe Int'l (KRNO)
Destination airport: San Carlos (KSQL)
The aircraft impacted a vehicle occupied parking lot at the Reno/Tahoe International Airport (KRNO), Reno, Nevada. The airplane sustained substantial damage and all three occupants died in the crash.