LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The recovery efforts for a plane that crashed in a remote area north of Las Vegas is being suspended due to weather conditions, according to Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.
Three people are presumed dead. The small plane crashed under “unknown circumstances” near Gass Peak Tuesday evening after going missing from North Las Vegas airspace.
The tail number of the crashed aircraft is N7GA and according to the FAA registry, the plane belongs to Baron Von Speed LLC in Las Vegas.
The FAA said a single-engine Cirrus SR22 reportedly caught fire after crashing around 5:35 p.m. Witnesses reported an explosion at the top peak of the mountain. Metro called off rescue attempts Tuesday evening after determining from a helicopter the crash was not survivable and attempts to get to the site would be risky.
Metro did return to the crash site at 6,600 feet on Wednesday morning to assess the area during daylight hours.
According to the FAA, the NTSB is the lead agency, and probable causes of an accident can take up to a year or more to determine.