Three people died Sunday when a plane crashed at Reno-Tahoe International Airport. CNN reports that the small aircraft experienced trouble shortly after takeoff and collided into the airport's parking lot.
According to the Chronicle, the plane was heading to San Carlos, but it didn't make it past the long-term parking lot. At least fifteen cars were damaged, but miraculously no one on the ground was injured.
The single-engine private plane was reported to be a Piper Cherokee aircraft, and the crash occurred at roughly 6:15 p.m. While the airport remains open as the FAA and NTSB investigate, the parking lot is closed as roughly 75 to 100 cars are in the debris zone.
“The aircraft was headed to San Carlos airport, which is a small airport in the Bay Area,” airport spokesperson Brian Kulpin told the Chronicle. “There were witnesses. At that time of the evening, there’s a lot of people around. It’s amazing that no one was hurt on the ground.”
The names of the deceased have not yet been released, and the cause of the crash is unknown at this time.