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Update: 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - The pilot/owner who died in the single-engine plane crash near the Truckee Airport Tuesday morning has been identified as Kenneth Whittall-Scherfee, 60, of Carmichael. One of the passengers died at a Reno trauta care center, and the name of that person has not yet been released by authorities. because they have not yet notified the next of kin.
A public information officer for the Washoe County Regional Medical Examiner's Officer told Action News Now that they hope to release the person's name on Wednesday.
TRUCKEE, Calif. - The Placer County Sheriff's Office says two people have died and one is injured after a plane crash near Truckee that occurred Tuesday morning.
Originally authorities said one person died and two were taken for medical attention, but since that time one of the injured passed away.
The FAA says the single-engine Navion-B crashed on the west side of Highway 267 near the North Star Ski Resort just after 7:30 a.m.A Truckee-Tahoe Airport spokesperson tells us the plane was heading east when the incident occurred.
The Placer County Sheriff's Office said the pilot of the plane put out a "May Day" after takeoff. Authorities say the pilot reported engine problems and was trying to return to the airport when the crash occurred.
The pilot has been identified as 60-year-old Kenneth Whittall-Scherfee, who was a Carmichael resident.
The FAA and NTSB will investigate the crash.
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