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At least one person is confirmed dead in the crash of a private plane Sunday morning near Los Alamos Airport.
The crash occurred about 8:10 a.m. and deputy chief Justin Grider confirmed the crash occurred on lab property.
The Los Alamos Fire Department set up a command post south of the airport near the old fire station on East Road.
A reporter at the scene said the crash site, which was located in the canyon, is totally black and there was no evidence of a plane. Fire officials did not know if there were other passengers on the plane. They also were uncertain if the plane was owned by a local resident or an out of towner. Officials also did not know if the plane was taking off or landing.
Airport manager Peter Soderquist said at the time he does not know anything about the crash.
Officials at the scene were waiting on the National Transportation Safety Board to arrive and conduct its investigation. Grider said the NTSB has taken command of the incident and a public information officer has not been named. OMI has conducted its investigation at the scene, according to county officials.
The county released the following statement about the crash.
“Emergency response personnel are responding to a single engine plane crash that occurred this morning on the Canyon Rim Trail near NM502 and the entrance of Los Alamos, just south of the Los Alamos Airport.
The Canyon Rim Trail is closed due to the accident. No information is available for release yet about the number of passengers, pilot of the plane, tail number or make of the plane. A fire at the scene of the crash has been extinguished. The FAA has been notified and is traveling to the scene. Crews are preserving the scene for the FAA investigation which is now pending.
The public and media are asked to stay clear of the crash and Canyon Rim Trail parking lot located along NM502 to allow fire and police responders to complete their work."
The county released another statement this afternoon.
"The Office of the Medical Investigator (OMI) has completed its investigation at the site of a single engine plane crash that occurred at
approximately 8:10 a.m. today on Canyon Rim Trail just south of the Los Alamos Airport. Los Alamos Fire and Police Department have secured the crash site in
preparation for the FAA investigators that are scheduled to arrive tomorrow," the county said in a statement.
The FAA also released a statement.
"A single-engine Aviat Husky crashed under unknown circumstances about a mile south of the Los Alamos airport in rough terrain. Local law enforcement tells us at least
one person died in the crash. I don't have a confirmed tail number on the aircraft yet. The name of the pilot will
be released by the coroner or other appropriate official after relatives have been notified.
The National Transportation Safety Board will be in charge of the investigation.
Look for further updates on this developing story.