83°F
weather icon Clear

Aircraft crashes in Pahrump

Updated May 3, 2018 - 2:38 pm

An aircraft categorized by the Federal Aviation Administration as a light-sport aircraft crashed at an airport in the north end of Pahrump.

The Nye County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday reported only minor injuries to the pilot, who was transported to Desert View Hospital in Pahrump.

According to a video release from the Nye County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to a report of an airplane crash at the Calvada Meadows Airport on the north side of Pahrump at approximately 9 a.m. on Wednesday.

Upon arrival, deputies observed a small craft that had crashed on the north end of the runway at Calvada Meadows, which sits near Highway 160 and Simkins Road.

Ian Gregor, a spokesman for the FAA, identified the aircraft as a North Wing Sport X2-N, which crashed under unknown circumstances during landing at Calvada Meadows.

Gregor said the aircraft is a weight-shift control light sport aircraft. According to the FAA website, the Light-Sport Aircraft category includes one of five classes: airplanes, gliders, powered parachutes, lighter-than-air aircraft (balloons and airships) and weight-shift control (also known as a trike).

The 61-year-old pilot, the only one on the aircraft, was from Lake Havasu, Arizona. Gregor didn’t know the extent of the pilot’s injuries.

Gregor said the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate. Neither agency identifies people involved in aircraft crashes, he added.

According to the FAA’s statistics on all light-sport aircraft, there were 57 non-fatal crashes or incidents during fiscal year 2017. In that same report, the Continued Operational Safety (COS) Report for light-sport aircraft, issued in January 2018, there were seven fatal accidents in fiscal year 2017.

The number of fatal accidents was down from 10 in fiscal year 2016 and the number of non-fatal accidents/incidents was down in fiscal 2017 from fiscal year 2016’s 90 such events.

According to the report, there were 715 total fatal accidents and non-fatal accidents/incidents from July 2004 to September 2017 across all light-sport aircraft.

Of those more than 700 incidents or crashes, 62 were fatal and 653 were non-fatal.

To break that down further by class, weight-shift control aircraft constituted 15 fatal crashes or 24 percent of the total fatal crashes from the 2004 to 2017 time period, with airplanes accounting for 76 percent under the light-sport category. The other classes had no fatal crashes during that time.

The non-fatal crashes or incidents were dominated by the airplane class in the light-sport category with 610 such events. Weight-shift control had 28 such incidents during the entire reporting period in the report, which covered from July 2004 to September 2017.

Contact reporter Jeffrey Meehan at jmeehan@pvtimes.com. On Twitter: @pvtimes

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
THE LATEST
Pahrump Community Library reopens today

The Pahrump Community Library will reopen its doors to the public today, Wednesday, June 3, but when visiting, the experience will be quite a bit different than it once was, with several new temporary guidelines in place, all in the name of health and safety in face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

PVHS holds ‘uncommon’ graduation ceremonies

Unorthodox, uncommon and unconventional would be three apt terms to describe graduation activities at Pahrump Valley High School this year.

Warmline launched as health workers’ resource

The toll-free phone line, administered by the University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Medicine, in partnership with the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health, will serve as a confidential mental health resource for health care professionals to seek support before they have reached a crisis point.

Mining companies continue to help fund small businesses

A group of Nevada mining companies are digging deep to help small storefront businesses in Nye and Esmeralda counties endure the COVID-19 pandemic. Working with state and local economic development staff, the mines have donated more than $200,000 to help businesses such as the Dinky Diner in Goldfield stay afloat during the emergency.

Tonopah health care provider expands services

Central Nevada Regional Care, a new health care provider in Tonopah, began operations in March and offers walk-in urgent and primary care services seven days a week.

Nevada Health Response releases Phase 2 guidance

Nevada Health Response issued specific guidelines for 16 categories of industries to use as they enter Phase 2 of Gov. Steve Sisolak’s roadmap for reopening the state.

Unemployment claims fall for 4th straight week

Finalized data from the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation show initial claims for unemployment insurance totaled 15,607 for the week ending May 23, down 2,230 claims, or 12.5 percent, compared to last week’s total of 17,837. This is the fourth consecutive week of declines in regular initial claims. Through the week ending May 23, there have been 495,840 initial claims filed in 2020, 474,488 of which have come in the last 11 weeks.

STEVE SEBELIUS: Masks really shouldn’t be political

Although most people agree with the idea of wearing masks in public, they have still become a political symbol in a divided nation.

Nevada Health Response adds testing locator map

As Nevada moves into Phase 2 of its reopening of businesses and social activities statewide, testing for COVID-19 is an important tool for health officials and professionals who are working hard to ensure that anyone who needs a test can get one.

Nye County reopens office, one masked visitor at a time

Nye County announced Monday on its Facebook page that it is, with restrictions, reopening the Planning Department and Building and Safety Division.