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NTSB releases preliminary report after fatal plane crash with truck | News

Federal authorities have released their preliminary report following a fatal plane crash in Truckee in March.

The plane crashed as it approached the Truckee-Tahoe Airport, killing 57-year-old Liron Petrushka and 58-year-old Naomi Petrushka of Incline Village.

In its report, the NSTB said the airport control tower and runway lights were turned off when the crash occurred on March 30, just after 6:30 p.m.

The plane, a Daher TBM700, was on its return flight from Denver and was descending into the Lake Tahoe area when the pilot attempted to activate the runway lights.

A weather report shows that it was snowing lightly at the time of the crash.

The weather at the airport

The plane crashed about 900 meters from the end of the runway, near a railway line.

You can read details in the NTSB report below –

Investigators have confirmed that the two people killed in a plane crash near Truckee last month were husband and wife.

The Nevada County Sheriff’s Office has identified the victims as 57-year-old Liron Petrushka and 58-year-old Naomi Petrushka of Incline Village.

Authorities say they were identified through DNA analysis.

Naomi previously taught at the University of Nevada, Reno as an adjunct professor in the Department of Economics in the College of Business.

According to investigators, their plane crashed while on approach to the Truckee Tahoe Airport.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash. It is urging anyone with surveillance footage or other information about the crash to contact them [email protected]


A former University of Nevada professor is one of two people killed in a small plane crash near Truckee on Saturday evening.

UNR tells us Naomi Petrushka taught at the school for several semesters, including fall 2022 and 2023, and spring 2021 and 2023. Petrushka was an adjunct professor in the College of Business’s Department of Economics.

She is believed to have died along with Liron Petrushka, although the Nevada County coroner has not yet released any official names.

Upwest, an investment firm that finances Israeli founders and accelerates their breakthrough into the US market, posted on Facebook that Liron and Naomi Petrushka were on board the plane when it crashed. It says the couple was integral in building the company.

The plane, a Daher TBM 700, left Centennial Airport in south Denver at 4:22 p.m. Mountain Time, according to flight data on The arrival at Truckee Tahoe Airport was scheduled three hours and sixteen minutes later.

Instead, the single-engine turboprop crashed around 6:40 p.m. as it approached the airport, the Federal Aviation Administration said Sunday.

The Aviation Safety Network says preliminary investigation shows the plane missed the approach to the northeast-southwest runway here at the airport.

The plane made a 180 degree turn over the airfield and climbed into the air in a go-around to attempt to land, but instead the plane entered a stall spiral to the left, downing a tree near the Truckee River.

Truckee police confirmed two people were killed but did not provide further information about the victims.

No homes were damaged, but railroad tracks at the crash site needed repairs, KCRA-TV reported.

Moderate snow was falling at the time of the crash with visibility of half a mile (0.8 kilometers), although winds were light, the news station reported.

Truckee Police, Truckee Fire Protection District, Nevada County Sheriff, Nevada County Coroner and Truckee Tahoe Airport personnel all responded to the scene.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)