2 killed in jet crash near Boulder City
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Two people were killed when a jet crashed just west of the Boulder City Airport outside of Las Vegas early Friday afternoon.
Boulder City Police confirmed the crash happened about a half a mile west of the airport at about 12:30 p.m.
The rear engine caught fire and was in flames when help arrived, sending smoke into the sky visible for miles.
"It was enought to burn the paint of the plane," Boulder City Police Chief Thomas Finn said. "There was a lot of smoke."
Finn said he did not want to speculate on what may have caused the crash.
The aircraft was identified as a single-engine Czech-made Aero Vodochody L39 jet by Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor. That type of plane is one of the most widely-used training jets in the world.
FAA documents show the plane is registered out of Palmdale, California to co-owners who were not on board at the time of the crash.
Metro Police helped Boulder City authorities secure the scene as the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board arrived to take over the investigation.
The NTSB will be the primary agency investigating the crash and will release its findings after gathering evidence and information.
Action News will continue to update this story as new information becomes available.