BOULDER CITY (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating reports that passengers paid to take 45-minute flights in a pair Czech-built military trainer jets when one of the aircraft crashed in the desert near Boulder City, killing both men aboard.
FAA spokesman Ian Gregor tells the Las Vegas Review-Journal that regulations generally prohibit charging for rides on experimental aircraft like the Aero Vodochody L39 jet.
Pilot Douglas Gilliss of Solano Beach, Calif. and passenger Richard Winslow of Palm Desert, Calif., died in the May 18 crash near Boulder City Municipal Airport.
Authorities say another pilot, David Glen Riggs, was piloting a similar jet with a passenger aboard next to the one that crashed.
A preliminary National Transportation Safety Board report last week says eight people paid for flights aboard the jets.