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.Las Vegas Sun
All five aboard the Beechcraft KA 1900, assigned to Air Force Materiel Command, were civilians, Nellis Air Force Base officials said. The four passengers were contractors, and the pilot was a civilian employee of the Air Force.
The plane was flying what officials called a routine support mission when it crashed for unknown reasons about 5 a.m. Tuesday. The plane had taken off from a remote location on the 2.9 million-acre Nellis Air Force Range, and was headed for the landing strip outside of Tonopah on the northern edge of the range.
Those killed were not immediately identified by Air Force officials, pending notification of next of kin. The contractors worked for Las Vegas-based JT3 LLC, while the Air Force employee was not assigned to Nellis.
NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. - Nellis experts visited an 18-year-old crash site recently to make sure no human remains, unexploded munitions or environmental hazards remained.
On May 2, national and state environmental specialists were performing wildlife checks when they came across what looked like a military crash site 5,000 feet up in the Delamar Mountains 70 miles north of Nellis AFB. They found ammunition, several large sections of an aircraft and two large cannons scattered over a 500-foot area. They also found several
large bones nearby.
"We're not experts on military hardware and weren't sure about whether the bones were human or animal, so we decided to go ahead and contact Nellis officials," said Jack Spencer, a biologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.