Two Die in Airplane Crash Near Truckee

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April 02, 2024
Edward Smith

Airplane Crash Near Truckee Occurs Near Airport

An airplane crash near Truckee on March 30 claimed the lives of a husband and wife after their second landing attempt failed. The accident happened around 6:38 p.m. about 15 miles northwest of Lake Tahoe near Glenshire Drive on approach. The couple, flying in a Daher TBM 700, a single-engine turboprop plane, had departed from Denver and planned to land at Truckee-Tahoe Airport. 

Weather May Have Contributed to Airplane Crash Near Truckee

The Aviation Safety Network reported that the plane missed its initial approach, came around again, and went into a stalling spiral from which it did not recover. The two people on board were confirmed as deceased by the Truckee Police Department. Also present at the crash site were crews with the Truckee Fire Protection District, airport staff, the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office, and the Nevada County Coroner. The deceased were identified as Liron Petrushka and his wife, Naomi. The Petrushkas were tech entrepreneurs. Three children survive them. 

Investigation Being Conducted Into Cause of Fatal Plane Crash

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) are conducting an investigation into the cause of the fatal plane crash near Truckee Airport that claimed two lives. Moderate snow was falling when the crash occurred, and vision was limited to half a mile, so the weather may have been a contributing cause.

Filing a Wrongful Death Claim

If you lose a loved one in an airplane accident, you can enlist the services of a lawyer in the state where it occurred, depending on the cause. A lawyer where the crash happened is experienced in state law, the area where it happened and can offer advice about your options. Some of the most common causes of light plane crashes include:

  • Defects in design or equipment
  • Improper maintenance
  • Fueling mistakes
  • Problems with the air traffic controller
  • Faulty repairs
  • Pilot error

What Can Be Recovered by Filing a Wrongful Death Claim?

Generally, the surviving spouse and children file a wrongful death claim. The estate administrator may do so, but only one claim is permitted. The parents and siblings may file if the decedent had no spouse or children.

Recoverable damages include funeral and burial expenses, lost wages until retirement age, and compensation for family members’ losses. In some cases, loss of inheritance and other categories are included. Your accident lawyer can tell you what to claim and help calculate your damages. 

In the following video, accident lawyer Ed Smith explains wrongful death claims:


Sacramento Airplane Accident Lawyer

I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento airplane accident lawyer. When negligence was the cause of your loved one’s death, your family can file a wrongful death claim to recover compensation. Although it won’t alleviate your pain, it can help bring you justice and closure as well as avoid financial loss. For compassionate, free and friendly advice, contact our lawyers at (916) 921-6400 or by calling (800) 404-5400. We also offer a convenient online form to get in touch with us.

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Photo attribution: Image by Myriams-Fotos from Pixabay

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