The two single-engine aircraft crashed over North Las Vegas Airport, authorities said. No one on the ground was thought to be killed or injured.
4 people were killed Sunday when the small planes they were in clashed in the skies over North Las Vegas Airport, authorities stated.
The Federal Aviation Administration stated each single-engine aircraft had 2 people on board. There was no indication from local very first responders that anybody on the ground was killed or hurt.
A Piper PA-46 was preparing to land when it struck a Cessna 172, FAA representative Eva Lee Ngai stated in a declaration.
"The Piper crashed into a field east of Runway 30-Right and the Cessna fell into a water retention pond," she said.
North Las Vegas police got the first reports of the crashes at 12:04 p.m., Officer Alexander Cuevas stated.
The FAA stated the airplanes clashed in the "traffic pattern"-- the virtual roadway in the sky-- associated with the airport run by the government of Clark County, Nevada.
The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate with the assistance of the FAA.Midair collisions are rare, however not unprecedented.
Among the worst took place in 1978, when a Cessna 172 with 2 people on board hit a passenger jetliner above the San Diego community of North Park. All 137 people on the two aircrafts, along with seven people on the ground, died.