Plane crashes at Las Vegas airport

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Pilot critically injured

By Martin Salazar

Las Vegas police have identified the people whose plane crashed at the Las Vegas Municipal Airport Wednesday evening as a family from Minnesota.

“The plane was landing and something went amiss,” Las Vegas Police Chief Christian Montaño said.

The pilot, James Fretham, 50, sustained a critical spine injury and was airlifted to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe. His passengers, Elizabeth Fretham, 49, Grace Fretham, 15, and Caitrin Fretham, 21, all sustained minor injuries and were treated at Alta Vista Regional Hospital and released.

The airplane they were in, a privately owned Cessna 4 passenger type, crashed at the Las Vegas airport at 6:39 p.m.

Multiple fire trucks and ambulances rushed to the scene after the call went out that the plane went down.

The flight originated out of Iowa.

“The FAA arrived on scene this morning,” Montaño said in a news release. “The matter is under investigation at this time, and contributing factors are yet to be determined.”