Spokesman Deputy Armando Avina said a call came in at 8:38 a.m. reporting a crash inside Washoe State Park. Fire, sheriff’s and medical units responded and at 9:15 a.m. a deputy found the wreck site about one mile from the nearest camp site.
The single-engine, two-seater Zenith CH750 was upside down and empty, Avina said.
The pilot and passenger, whose identities are unknown, were able to walk to a nearby camp with little injury.
“It was truly a miracle,” Avina said. “It’s not a little fender-bender when a plane goes end over end.”
Ian Gregor, public affairs manager for the Federal Aviation Administration’s Pacific Division, said the aircraft took off from Carson City and the pilot intended to return to that airport.
He said neither the FAA nor the National Transportation Safety Board releases the names of crash victims’ identities. The two agencies will investigate the crash with NTSB as the lead.
The NTSB investigator usually posts a basic preliminary report on the agency’s website, www.ntsb.gov, within a week or two of an accident. However, it typically takes NTSB months to come up with a probable cause for accidents, Gregor said.
The plane is registered to APR Aircraft LLC, a company based in Wilmington, Del.