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Pic: Plane crashes in New Mexico, bursts into flames

A plane crash in New Mexico. (New Mexico State Police/Twitter)
July 18, 2023

A small plane burst into flames on Tuesday after it crashed near Santa Fe, New Mexico. The pilot of the aircraft was killed in the incident.

“NMSP is investigating a fatal plane crash near the West Frontage RD and La Luna RD in Santa Fe. Scene is active. PIO headed to the scene and will provide additional information,” New Mexico State Police tweeted, along with a photo of the fiery crash.

The plane crashed into a home on Agua de Oro just south of the city around 9 a.m., according to Wilson Silver, a spokesperson for New Mexico State Police.

“Thankfully no one was inside (the home),” Silver said, according to the Albuquerque Journal.

Last week, six people were found dead at the scene of a Cessna C550 business jet crash near the French Valley Airport in Murrieta, California, after departing Harry Reid International Airport in Las Vegas.

According to Riverside County Sheriff, law enforcement responded to the jet crash at just after 4 a.m. After locating the flaming remains of the aircraft, officials pronounced the six passengers dead at the scene.

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The Sheriff’s office reported that the six victims of Saturday’s jet crash included Alma Razick, age 51, Ibrahem Razick, age 46, Abigail Tellez-Vargas, age 33, Manuel Vargas-Regalado, age 32, Lindsey Gleiche, age 31, and Riese Lenders, age 25.

The Riverside County Fire Department released a statement on Twitter after the incident Saturday morning, stating, “Cessna aircraft down in a field, fully involved in fire. The fire burned approximately one acre of vegetation, was contained at 5:35 a.m. and the incident has been turned over to RSO and the FAA. Please contact them with any questions.”

This was a breaking news story. The details were periodically updated as more information became available.