Nevada authorities have determined that three people who were killed in a plane crash that happened in the northeast portion of the state were Arizona residents. There are ongoing investigations to identify the precise cause of the crash, but authorities have yet to come to any conclusion.
ABC 15 in Phoenix reported on the station’s website that the fatal crash happened on the night of Friday, April 24th, in Goshute Valley, located approximately 20 miles northeast of Currie, Nevada. The town is located in Elko County near the Nevada state border with Utah.
Chief Deputy Coroner, Nick Czegledi, said in a statement to reporters that the bodies of the three victims on board were recovered on Saturday morning. They have been identified as 49-year-old Thomas Kvanvig, his wife, 49-year-old Stacie Kvanvig, and their 8-year-old son, Daniel Kvanvig. It is not clear how long it took for authorities to find the victims after the crash.
According to a statement issued by the Elko County Sheriff’s Office, the U.S. Air Force contacted them about a possible crash. An aircraft that was dispatched by the Air Force confirmed the location of the crash site.
Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer said in a statement on Sunday that Kvanvig had attempted to land the plane for an unknown reason. The plane crashed nose down, killing all on board. Kenitzer also said that there would be a further investigation conducted by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) to determine the exact cause of the crash.