The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating a plane crash in Nevada that left three Arizona residents dead, authorities said.
According to FAA spokesman Allen Kenitzer, the single-engine Rockwell Commander aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances off the Needles Highway, near Laughlin, Nev., at about 6 p.m. on May 17.
Kenitzer said there were four people on board the plane, which was traveling from Laughlin-Bullhead International Airport to Phoenix Goodyear Airport.
James Walker, 72, of Avondale, died at the scene of the crash, a Clark County Coroner’s Office spokeswoman said. A fourth person aboard the twin-engine plane, identified as Gregory Torres, remained in the hospital in fair condition.
Witnesses described the aircraft flying unusually low and reported hearing sounds suggesting engine trouble before the crash.
The crash occurred near Big Bend of the Colorado State Recreation Area, about 100 miles south of Las Vegas. It sparked a brush fire that burned into the next day.
Two female occupants of the plane — 64-year-old Evelyn Walker of Avondale and 58-year-old Diana Soto of Goodyear — died three days after the crash of burns.
The cause of the accident remains unknown and is under investigation.