Sep 7, 2010 12:10 AM by Jim Hummel

Locals Involved in Las Vegas Plane Crash

Four locals were onboard a small plane that crashed in a residential area outside of Las Vegas Monday.  The pilot, identified by family-members as 45 year old Douglas Touchet of Erath was killed in the crash.  Touchet's wife, Susan was critically injured, their friends Randall and Tamika Savoy of Catahoula also sustained serious injuries.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said the plane took off from Henderson Executive Airport shortly after 8 a.m. and was unable to gain altitude.  Touchet tried to return to Henderson but crashed about two miles northwest of the airport.

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Sgt. John Sheahan said it was a miracle no one on the ground was injured. 

"I think we can attribute that to the pilot trying to put it down in a safe place," he said. "You're talking the plane crashed maybe 20 or 30 feet [from the nearest home]."

Savoy's father Ray tells KATC his son and daughter-in-law were in Las Vegas with the Touchet's for a weekend getaway.  He spoke to them just before the plane took off.

"We were waiting for them to come back and the next thing we heard was the plane had crashed, he said.  "They were lucky they weren't hurt more than they [were], they were lucky to come out of that alive."

Ray Savoy says he and his wife were able to speak with Randall and Tamika over the phone Monday evening, both are expected to recover. 

"The good Lord's going to help them with enough prayers," he said.

The Touchet family declined comment Monday, but also asked for the community's prayers and support. 

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash, a preliminary report is expected later this
week.  The full investigation will take six months to a year to complete..


Jim Hummel

Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.


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