No One Injured In Forced Landings
Two close calls in
three days near the North Las Vegas airport have caught the
interest of city officials, and the FAA.
The pilot of a Cessna 414 made a forced landing Sunday afternoon
on a city street near the airport. The plane -- which was heading
for North Las Vegas from San Luis Obispo, CA -- hit three power
poles, but all three persons onboard the twin escaped injury.
No one on the ground was hurt. The plane caught fire shortly
after the crash, but the flames were quickly put out by
firefighters responding to the scene.
"Not something you'd expect on a Sunday afternoon; I was just
glad they missed our houses. This pilot must have been very good,
because he was able to glide it down a little bit, and miss all the
houses," said resident Barbara Dunkley to television station
Two days before, another aircraft flying to Las Vegas made a
forced landing about one mile from the runway at KVGT. The FAA
states the pilot of the Cessna 210 had declared a fuel emergency
prior to the Friday accident. None of the six persons onboard were
That both accidents occurred within a three-day period may be
nothing more than lousy timing. City officials, however, say the
North Las Vegas Airport has connections to a series of general
aviation accidents, include an April 2003 crash of a Cessna 172 in
a practice area near a local high school. That accident claimed the
lives of a student pilot, and the FAA examiner administering a
private pilot checkride.
A week before that accident, one pilot was injured when his
Beechcraft V35 Bonanza crashed after takeoff, in another apparent
The FAA and NTSB are on the scene to investigate the two latest
accidents, which like all the others happened off of KVGT airport
The North Las Vegas airport has attracted the FAA's attention
before, however. The agency named KVGT the second-worst airport for
runway incursions in a 2003 study. Los Angeles International was
ranked number one.