The pilot of a small plane was killed Monday, and his three passengers were injured, when his aircraft crashed in a suburb of Las Vegas.
Douglas Touchet, 45, of Erath, La., died in the accident. His wife Susan was among those onboard, and she was critically injured. The two other passengers, who were from Catahoula, La., had serious injuries.
The Piper Cherokee had taken off from Henderson Executive Airport at about 8 a.m. Monday, but it ran into trouble and could not gain altitude. Touchet was attempting to go back to the airport when he crashed about two miles away from it.
The Piper was one of two planes that Touchet owned.
The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safty Board are both probing the accident.