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3 of 4 killed in 2-plane crash in North Las Vegas identified

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Officials investigate the wreckage of a plane at the site of a fatal crash at the North Las Vegas Airport, Sunday, July 17, 2022, in North Las Vegas, Nev. Authorities say several people are dead after two small planes collided at North Las Vegas Airport.

UPDATE: Two victims who died in Sunday’s crash between two small planes at the North Las Vegas airport have been identified by the Clark County Coroner’s Office.

Donald Stuart Goldberg, 82, of Las Vegas, and Carol Ann Scanlon, 76, also from Las Vegas both died from blunt trauma, according to the coroner. Goldberg was the pilot and Scanlon was a passenger aboard the Piper PA-46.

Two other people were killed in the Cessna. Family members identified Zach Rainey, 47, as one of the victims. He was traveling with his flight instructor at the time of the crash. The coroner has yet to release the flight instructor’s information.

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UPDATE (July 19): The owner of one of the single-engine air planes involved in a deadly mid-air crash at North Las Vegas Airport during the weekend said Monday he’s cooperating with investigators and mourning the four people who died.

“This world lost some great people & aviators,” Matthew Binner, Airwork Las Vegas president, declined a telephone interview but said in a Facebook post the Sunday crash involving a Cessna 172 that his company owned and a Piper PA-46 was a “horrible tragedy.”

Records showed the Piper was owned by Gold Aero Aviation LLC of Tampa, Florida, where contact information was not immediately available.

Binner and officials with the Federal Aviation Administration, National Transportation Safety Board and Clark County coroner’s office did not immediately identify the four people who died.

Authorities said two people were aboard each aircraft when the two planes collided in the air at about noon.

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The NTSB did not make an immediate statement about a possible cause of the crash.

The FAA said the Piper was preparing to land when it collided with the Cessna. The Piper crashed into in a field and the Cessna came to rest in a water retention area.


ORIGINAL REPORT (July 18): Four people died Sunday after two small planes collided at North Las Vegas Airport, authorities said.

The Federal Aviation Administration said a single-engine Piper PA-46 and a single-engine Cessna 172 collided around noon Sunday.

“Preliminary information indicates that the Piper PA-46 was preparing to land when it collided with the Cessna 172,” the FAA said in a statement. “The Piper crashed into ... a field east of Runway 30-Right and the Cessna fell into a water retention pond.”

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Two people were in each plane and all four died, according to city fire department officials.

The names, ages and hometowns of the victims weren’t immediately released.

The National Transportation Safety Board and FAA will investigate the cause of the crash.