Nevada Crash Kills 2 after Takeoff from Airport near Idaho

JACKPOT — Authorities say two people were killed when a light plane crashed and burned after taking off from a small northeastern Nevada airport near the border with Idaho.

Elko County sheriff’s Sgt. Nick Czegledi (SEG’-leh-dee) said Saturday the identities of those killed in the crash late Friday near Jackpot weren’t being released pending confirmation through autopsies.

Czegledi said a witness said the plane took off to the south and then banked hard to the east before losing altitude before crashing.

He said National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration officials were expected to arrive in the area to investigate the crash.

Jackpot is on U.S. 93 and 41 miles (76 kilometers) south of Twin Falls, Idaho.

Long Chase from Rural Nevada ends in Vegas Area; 2 Arrested

LAS VEGAS — Sheriff’s officials in Nevada say two people were arrested after a high-speed chase in a stolen car from rural Pahrump to suburban Henderson, near Las Vegas.

Nye County Sheriff’s Capt. David Boruchowitz (buh-ROOK’-uh-witz) said Tuesday a reality TV film crew accompanied deputies during the 30-minute chase that began about 7 p.m. Monday and went for 70 miles (112 kilometers).

Video released by the department shows a deputy punching the driver who Boruchowitz says was unarmed but didn’t comply with directions exiting the four-door car after the chase.

Boruchowitz says speeds reached of 120 mph (193 kph), but no one was injured.

The driver, identified as 42-year-old Eliberto Flores, and a 50-year-old passenger, Michelle Elvenia, were arrested on multiple charges including drug possession. Boruchowitz says methamphetamine was found in the car.

Vegas Airport Marks Busiest Month Ever by Passenger Count

LAS VEGAS — October turned out to be the busiest month ever by passenger count at the main airport in Las Vegas.

The Clark County Department of Aviation reported Monday that McCarran International Airport handled more than 4.6 million arriving and departing travelers last month, up 4.2% compared with the same month a year ago.

Passenger traffic is a measurement of tourism in Las Vegas, where the airport has handled more than 43 million passengers in 2019 and could soar past 50 million for the first time.

McCarran is one of the 10 busiest airports in the U.S. based on number of passengers served.

Biden Nets Congressional Endorsement from an Early State

LAS VEGAS — U.S. Rep. Dina Titus of Nevada is endorsing Joe Biden, becoming the first sitting member of Congress from an early voting state to endorse a presidential candidate.

Titus says in a statement Monday that she feels Biden is the candidate best prepared to defeat President Donald Trump. The five-term congresswoman says she saw the former vice president help turn around the nation’s economy after the Great Recession and help get President Barack Obama’s signature health care law passed.

She also says Biden will give Democrats their best chance to pass progressive reforms and won’t need any on-the-job training.

Titus represents the Las Vegas Strip and surrounding areas. She’s one of the few members of Nevada’s congressional delegation that has not pledged to stay neutral ahead of the state’s February caucuses.