A family of four on board a single-engine plane attempting to land at the Las Vegas (New Mexico) Municipal Airport were injured on Wednesday night when it crashed at about 6:39 p.m.
The pilot, James Fretham, 50, suffered spinal injuries and was flown out to Christus St. Vincents Regional Medical Center while the three others were treated for injuries at the local hospital and released, said Las Vegas Police Chief Christian Montano. The plane is registered to James A. Fretham of ChanHassen, Minnesota, according to FAA records.
Fretham was listed in stable condition on Thursday, a St. Vincents spokesman said.
The passengers were identified by police as Elizabeth Fretham, 49; Grace Fretham, 14; and Caitrin Fretham, 21.
The plane was a Cessna 210, which was flying from Ames, Iowa, to Las Vegas, said FAA spokesman Lynn Lunsford.
The FAA and NTSB are investigating the crash. There were thunderstorms in northern New Mexico on Wednesday night. The FAA arrived on scene this morning, the matter is under investigation at this time and contributing factors are yet to be determined, police said.
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