Co-founder of $1.6B company among victims in fatal Truckee plane crash

Co-founders of a commercial real estate investment firm and at least three people with ties to Coachella Valley California are among those killed in a plane crash near Lake Tahoe last month.

The Bombardier CL 600 plane crashed while the pilot was attempting to land at Truckee-Tahoe Airport in Truckee, California, at 1:18 pm July 26, the Federal Aviation Administration said. The plane burst into flames and triggered a small wildfire near Ponderosa Golf Course.

The Nevada County Sheriff’s Office released the names of the six victims who died: Thomas Ebaugh, 56, of Lakeville, Minn .; Kevin Kvarnlov, 34, of Mendota Heights, Minn .; Christine Thomas, 33, and Ryan Thomas of La Quinta, California, Alberto Montero De Collado De La Rosa, 43, of Nevada City, California; and John Dunn, 62, of Dallas, Texas.

Dunn co-founded Rainier Company, a Dallas commercial real estate investment firm worth more than $ 1.6 billion in 2003.

“As many people know, Ken had a great personality,” a statement from company Rainier said. “He never hesitated to contribute his wit, humor and insight on any subject. Ken loved to engage people, make them laugh and bring them into his orbit for both business and personal friendship.”

Kvarnlov was an associate with Hidden residence and golf club in La Quinta, and Ryan and Thomas were hidden members, KESQ you say.

KESQ identified Ebaugh as a pilot who attended Palm Springs High School. Much on social media mourns the loss of Ebaugh, referring to him as Bret. “I am completely devastated by this news,” wrote one. “Some high school friends really made an impact on me.”

FAA a report said the plane “crashed into unknown circumstances shortly after the runway and caught fire.” Truckee-Tahoe Airport you say in a statement posted on Facebook that the plane was approaching runway 11 “when it affected heavy terrain” adjacent to the airport along Reynold Way.

There were no people on the ground injured or damaged structures.

“We are very fortunate that he landed where he did and that no structures or people on the ground were injured,” said Deverie Acuff, a spokeswoman with the Truckee Police Department.

Officials did not share the origin of the aircraft, but on the FAA report listed the tail number, which can be used to view the aircraft’s activity log. The plane was traveling from Coeur D’Alene, Idaho, according to Flight aware.

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