The collision of two planes in the middle of the flight, on Sunday, July 17, killed four people near an airport in the city of Las Vegas, several US media reported.
The collision occurred on Sunday noon (16:00 GMT) when approaching the North Las Vegas airport, which has three runways with dimensions of 1,280, 1,524 and 1,525 metres.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reported a collision of one Piper PA-46 engine and one Cessna 172 engine while traveling through the landing traffic pattern.
The images show that the first plane registered under number N97CX, is a PA-46-350P Malibu Mirage, but there is no information yet on the identification of Cessna, as it was completely destroyed after the crash and subsequent fire:
FAA officials said a Piper PA-46 was about to land when it collided with a Cessna 172. The Piper crashed in an area of the airport, east of Runway 30R, and the Cessna crashed into a nearby water retention crater. The four victims were two on each plane.
In a social media post, the North Las Vegas Fire Department confirmed the four deaths at the scene:
Accident Alert – At approximately 12 noon today, NLVFD and LVFR crews responded to a report of an air collision in the middle of the North Las Vegas Airport. At this time 4 deaths have been reported. The accident is still under investigation. pic.twitter.com/HhyeCDLrnE
– CNLV Fire Department (NLVFireDept) July 17 2022
North Las Vegas Airport is a public use facility approximately three miles north of downtown Las Vegas. It is mainly used by small aircraft for general aviation and scenic drives.
The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) have opened an investigation to determine the possible causes and contributing factors to the accident.
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