Investigators release possible cause for January plane crash at NLV airport

Joyce Lupiani

Investigators release possible cause for January plane crash at NLV airport

CREATED Jan. 22, 2013

North Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- According to investigators, a problem with the main landing gear was the cause of the crash by a Piper plane on Jan. 2 at the North Las Vegas Airport.

A preliminary report by the National Transportation Safety Board was released on Thursday.

The twin-engine Piper Aerostar veered off the runway at about 4:15 p.m. It came to rest in the airport infield and caught fire.

There were two people on the aircraft at the time of the crash -- a private pilot receiving instruction and a certified flight instructor.

Neither pilot was injured in the crash but the airplane sustained substantial damage from a post-crash fire.

The results of the preliminary report are subject to change after further investigation. It typically takes NTSB several months to come up with a final probable cause for accidents.

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