Three killed in private jet crash on a California golf course

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Dramatic video captured the burning remains of a twin-engine corporate jet that crashed Monday in California, killing all three people aboard.

The Bombardier Challenger 605 was on approach to the Truckee-Tahoe Airport, about 100 miles northeast of Sacramento, when it crashed about 1:15 p.m. at the nearby Ponderosa Gold Course, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

The jet plummeted between two homes and burst into flames that were soon extinguished by firefighters. There were reportedly no survivors.

A source close to the probe told the newspaper that the plane’s tail number was N605TR and that it was registered to Tarco Aircraft Funding based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

According to flight records, the plane departed from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, at 11:48 a.m. and was scheduled to land at Truckee-Tahoe Airport, some 600 miles away, at 1:16 p.m.

The communication between the pilot and an air traffic controller appeared normal before he says, “We’re going to have to circle the runway.”

The controller then instructs the pilot to report the “airport in sight.” The pilot, who did not report any emergency, said, “Looking forward to seeing you guys,” according to a LiveATC recording posted by VASAviation.

He then announces: “605 Tango Romeo is making a right hand turn, we got Runway 11 in sight.”

The controller replies: “Runway 11, clear to land, wind calm.”

Seconds later, the plane went down.

“It was kind of a shocker, very heartbreaking,” Caroline Bechdolt, co-manager of the golf course, told the San Francisco Chronicle.

Luke Brown, who stopped by his mother’s home where a fire extinguisher from the plane had landed, was stunned.

“That almost decapitated someone. I got here 10 to 15 minutes after and it was just flame, blaze, crazy, stuff exploding everywhere,” he told the paper.

Nevada County Sheriff Shannan Moon told reporters that the victims have not yet been officially identified.

“We’re not releasing any information and that is also to make sure that we absolutely care for the victims’ families who we have not notified because the victims haven’t been notified,” he said, according to the Sacramento Bee.

The accident is being investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board.

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