weather icon Partly Cloudy

1 dead after small plane crashes south of Las Vegas

Updated September 6, 2018 - 7:44 am

One person is dead after a small plane crashed south of Las Vegas on Wednesday night, according to authorities.

It wasn’t clear how many people were aboard the single-engine propeller plan, which crashed just around 9:45 p.m. between Interstate 15 and state Route 161 near Jean, said Ian Gregor, public affairs manager for the Federal Aviation Administration’s Pacific Division,

Gregor said the plane crashed “under unknown circumstances and was destroyed by fire.”

The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash, Gregor said.

The plane was downed between I-15 northbound and Las Vegas Boulevard South, according to the Nevada Highway Patrol. Trooper Jason Buratczuk said the northbound lanes were temporarily closed near Jean.

I-15 northbound reopened just before midnight as the crash had no “direct impact” to the interstate.

The plane’s origin and destination weren’t clear.

Jean is about 30 miles south of Las Vegas.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

Contact Mike Shoro at mshoro@reviewjournal.com or 702-387-5290. Follow @mike_shoro on Twitter.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
BLM recommends 80K attendance cap at Burning Man

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is recommending attendance be capped at existing levels for the next 10 years at the annual Burning Man counter-culture festival in the desert 100 miles (160 kilometers) north of Reno.

25 years after murders, OJ says ‘life is fine’ in Las Vegas

After 25 years living under the shadow of one of the nation’s most notorious murder cases, O.J. Simpson says his life has entered a phase he calls the “no negative zone.”

Truancy Diversion Program volunteers recognized in Las Vegas

Volunteers were recognized for their efforts to decrease student truancy, many of them noting the importance of connecting with students to motivate them to attend school.