Officials look for answers after Los Alamos plane crash

Updated: 12/08/2013 11:39 PM | Created: 12/08/2013 10:11 PM
By: Maria Guerrero, KOB Eyewitness News 4

It is not certain yet if the weather caused a plane to crash near the Los Alamos Airport Sunday morning.

The fiery crash was so bad it was hard to find any of the wreckage today.

More than 12 hours after the plane crash, answers are hard to come by.

KOB Eyewitness News 4 does know that the crash happened on Los Alamos National Lab property and medical investigators were at the scene today.

But they have not said how many people were on board.

KOB 4 knows at least one person died.

Chopper 4 flew over the scene, but it was hard to find anything left after the single engine Aviat Husky plane crashed at 8:30 a.m.

“It's probably fair to say that there were probably victims in the crash,” said Los Alamos County spokesperson Julie Habiger.

The Los Alamos Monitor captured firefighters combing the rough terrain on Canyon Rim Trail, just south of the airport.

"My understanding was the plane was engulfed in flames and that there wasn't a lot of the fuselage left of the plane by the time they got the fire extinguished," said Habiger.

The county says a couple of people witnessed the plane go down.

“It's not clear to me whether or not the plane was approaching the airport or taking off but that they did see the plane go down. That they were the first ones to call it in," she said.

Federal aviation authorities will look through the wreckage for a cause.

“I know that FAA will be investigating whether or not weather was a factor or whether it might have been something else that was a factor with the plane going down. But we did have some fairly significant winds in Los Alamos this morning," said Habiger.

The FAA has not been able to confirm the tail number of the plane yet so KOB does not know where it was based.

The NTSB is also investigating.

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