Posted November 02, 2018 05:03:51A California-5BM bomber crashed into Lake Tahoe early Sunday after taking off from the Mojave Desert airport, according to local authorities.
The California-20, a military version of the U.S. Navy’s Sea-Based Midcourse Defense (SBMD) system, was on a training mission to the lake when it crashed into the lake shortly after 5 a.m. local time (11 a.p.m., 10:00 a.u.m.).
The jet was expected to land in the San Luis Obispo Valley about 50 miles (80 kilometers) northwest of Tahoe, officials said.
It was not immediately clear how many people were aboard.
The aircraft was reportedly carrying an estimated 300 crew members and was operating a Cessna 172.
The Boeing 767-200 crashed into a rocky canyon in Lake Tahoes second most populated area, which is located in the Mojavision Mountains, near the town of Lake Tahoa, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) west of the Mojovision State Park, according in the National Weather Service.