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September 19, 2018

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1 killed in small plane crash outside of Las Vegas

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Steve Marcus

Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) land a drone after taking aerial photos of the site of small plane crash in a desert area north of Jean, Nev. between Interstate 15 and Las Vegas Boulevard Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018. The plane crashed Wednesday night killing one person.

Updated Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018 | 10:32 a.m.

Fatal Plane Crash Near Jean

The remains of a small plane are shown in a desert area north of Jean, Nev. between Interstate 15 and Las Vegas Boulevard Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018. The plane crashed Wednesday night killing one person. Launch slideshow »

A small, single-engine airplane crashed south of Las Vegas Wednesday night, killing one occupant, authorities said.

The crash was reported about 9:20 p.m. near the Jean airport, about 30 miles from Las Vegas, according to the Clark County Fire Department.

Metro Police confirmed the fatality, noting that the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board were taking over the investigation.

Northbound I-15 was shut down near the crash site in the desert and traffic was being diverted at state Route 161, Metro said via Twitter.

It wasn’t immediately clear if anyone else was injured.

“The origin of the aircraft and its destination are unknown at this time,” the fire department said late Wednesday.