UPDATED: Plane Flying from Ames Crashes in New Mexico, 4 injured
LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — A single-engine plane crashed while landing at a northern New Mexico airport, injuring all four people aboard, including one critically.
Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Lynn Lunsford says the pilot was hospitalized in critical condition while the three passengers on the plane suffered less serious injuries in the Wednesday evening crash at the Las Vegas airport.
Las Vegas police on Thursday identified the pilot as James Fretham, 50, and said he was airlifted to a hospital in Santa Fe.
FAA records say the plane was registered to Fretham and listed an address for him in Chanhassen, Minnesota.
Police identified the passengers as 49-year-old Elizabeth Fretham, 15-year-old Grace Fretham and 21-year-old Caitrin Fretham.
Lunsford says the plane was flying to Las Vegas from Ames, Iowa.