South Lake Tahoe, CA Private Plane Crash, July 1980


Three of four passengers in a small airplane which crashed at South Lake Tahoe airport Wednesday evening were killed and a fourth is hospitalized with serious burns.
Air traffic controllers at the airport reported a 1965 Piper Comanche piloted by THOMAS A. WEREB, 22, Sepulveda, took off from the airport, climbed approximately 50 feet above the runway, suddenly lost altitude and crashed in a meadow. The plane burst into flames on impact. The accident occurred at 7 p.m.
WEREB was killed instantly, as was passenger COLLEEN P. MADSEN, 23, JAMES P. MADSEN, 30-year-old brother of COLLEEN, died of burns at Barton Hospital at 2:45 a.m. Thursday, according to the El Dorado County Sheriff's Department.
The plane was rented from Los Angeles, according to a sheriff's spokesman. Cause of the crash has not yet been determined, but Federal Aviation Administration officials were on the scene at press time.

Mountain Democrat Placerville California 1980-07-11