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Plane bursts into flames at North Las Vegas Airport

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Emergency crews have cleared the scene of a plane fire on a runway at North Las Vegas Airport.

The details of the fire are still emerging. According to a spokesperson for McCarran Airport, the pilot attempted to land at the airport at 4:15 p.m. and either crashed or made a hard landing.

The plane is a twin-engine Piper Aerostar and its two occupants managed to escape uninjured.

Emergency crews had the fire out by 4:30 p.m. The wreckage has been cleared from the runway and placed in a hangar, though the runway will be closed for the time being.

The incident is under investigation by the FAA and NTSB.

"Unfortunately when you're coming in to land, if something goes wrong and you get off the runway things can just get out of control from there," said Ben Sisley, a professional pilot who used to work as a flight instructor at the North Las Vegas Airport.

Sisley ran the tail number he saw from the wreckage and told FOX5 the aircraft is registered in Clark County and belongs to a company.

That leaves Sisley to believe this was a training flight.

"It could be training, it could be for business purposes in which case they have a pilot who may be practicing," Sisley said.

Airport Spokesperson Chris Jones told FOX5 the Aerostar was landing on the left 1-2 runway.

Sisley said that runway is not typically used for planes coming from other airports.

"They'll use 1-2 left frequently for people who are staying in this local area, and not necessarily beginning or ending their flight," Sisley told FOX5.

Jones could not confirm the plane's flight plan, but said fire fighters from Clark County and the North Las Vegas Fire Departments had the fire out within 15 minutes.

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