LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A small plane crashed Wednesday morning on the side of U.S. 95 north of Creech Air Force Base. Witnesses say the plane burst into flames after the crash, but the pilot was able to escape unharmed.
Nye County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the scene. Deputies say the pilot declined medical attention.
Jim and Jennifer Kendrick witnessed the crash around 9 a.m. on their drive to Reno and shot the video. According to Jennifer Kendrick, the pilot escaped just as the plane caught fire. The unidentified pilot can be heard talking in the video.
“I’m okay, I just crashed the plane,” he said.
He told Jim Kendrick he lost power and couldn’t get his landing gear down.
There was nothing left of the plane except the engine.
Investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration have responded to the scene.
Nye County reports the crash site is near mile marker 2 on U.S. 95 in Nye County.
U.S. 95 was closed in both directions for more than four hours following the crash.
Traffic on U.S. 95 is now reduced to one lane in each direction. Lanes will reopen “in the next few hours,” according to the Nevada Highway Patrol.