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Small Plane Crashes in Southwest Las Vegas
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LAS VEGAS -- A small plane headed to Las Vegas was forced to make an emergency landing right on the side of busy highway near the town of Blue Diamond. Two people on the plane were rushed to University Medical Center. One sustained critical injuries.

Las Vegas police, along with members of the FAA and National Transportation Safety Board are conducting an investigation into the landing. There is no word on what caused the plane to go down, but reports say the pilot may have lost power to the plane.

Witnesses in the area say the plane was eerily quiet just seconds before it landed on the side of State Route 159.

"I thought he was going to land on a landing strip on this side of the road. I followed it with my eyes as it went right over me and I thought he was going to try and land at a landing strip or maybe the highway. And then all of a sudden, it hit and there was a giant thud and it veered to the left, veered to the right," said witness Jesse Devitte.

The Clark County Fire Department says the call came in around 11:45 a.m. When they arrived, they found a male pilot and female passenger inside of the plane. Witnesses say the propellers on the plane did not appear to be working. The plane did not catch on fire after the landing.

The male pilot and his female passenger were transported to UMC's emergency room just after noon. The passenger arrived first. Clark County fire officials say she's being treated for minor injuries and is expected to be ok.

Just minutes later, the pilot arrived. Clark County fire officials say he suffered critical injuries to his chest, head and face.

The plane is Beechcraft Bonanza single engine plane that was headed to the North Las Vegas Airport from Palm Springs.

The plane is registered to John Jamison who lives in Clark County. It is unknown if he was on the plane.

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