SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (CBS13) – Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board officials are investigating the crash of a small plane after it took off from Lake Tahoe Airport.

The small plane crashed shortly after takeoff on Saturday around 9:45 p.m.

The crash ignited a 1-acre fire in a meadow near the airport close to Winnemucca Avenue, but it was quickly extinguished.

Investigators are searching for clues for what caused the crash of a small plane after it took off from Lake Tahoe Airport. Photo Source: Mayor Claire Fortier

Witnesses report the plane had apparent engine problems and was seen dipping downward into the ground while attempting to turn.

The FAA reports multiple casualties and no survivors of the crash.

“Our hearts go out to the families of those that perished in this tragic accident. Thanks to the quick and cooperative efforts by multiple agencies; the fire caused by this crash was put out quickly,” said Mayor Claire Fortier.

The names of victims are not being released until families have been notified.

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