A small plane carrying a Palo Alto family crashed during takeoff from Lake Tahoe Airport in this morning, killing the man and hospitalizing his wife. The plane, a single engine Mooney M20, crashed into the nearby wooded area within 1 mile from the airport at approximately 11 A.M. The pilot and the sole passenger were husband and wife from Palo Alto. Their names are : Steven and Karen Lefton.
Witnesses claim the plane was taking off heading north and suddenly it banked to the right and crashed.
Steven was the pilot however he stood no chance and he was killed instantly.
The plane had arrived in the Tahoe area on July 18th.
FAA and NTSB will investigate the cause of this crash. Standby for further information.