TRUCKEE, Calif. (KTXL) — Crews responded to a plane crash and fire Monday afternoon near the Ponderosa Golf Course in Truckee.
The Bombardier CL 600 jet crashed next to the Ponderosa Golf Course on Reynold Way where it struck towering pine trees just before plummeting to the ground and bursting into flames.
Hours later firefighters were still dousing the main section of the aircraft with water.
Officials said the crash caused a one-quarter acre fire and downed power lines in the area that resulted in power outages.
Officials have not yet revealed how many people were on board, or the identities of those who may have died in the crash.
“At this point, we have not confirmed any positive identification,” said Nevada County Sheriff Shannan Moon. “So, we’re not releasing any information. And that is also to make sure that we absolutely care for the victims’ families that we still have not notified.”
Law enforcement officials say the jet could carry up to 16 people.
Gary Highland, who has lived in Truckee for 30 years, said he was sitting inside his home office, just before the crash happened.
“It had to come in at a very steep angle…it could not have had to come in at a slope and literally drop out of the sky,” Highland said. “Huge explosion. And then a fireball as tall as that tree.”
Deputies closed off the immediate area. No one will be allowed to drive or even walk around the wreckage site, until after the National Transportation Safety Board arrives Tuesday morning.
This is a developing story.