BOULDER CITY, Nev. (AP) — Two people are dead after a single-engine aircraft went down in a desert area about a mile from the Boulder City Municipal Airport.

Boulder City Police Chief Tom Finn says witnesses watched as the Aero Vodochody L39 jet appeared to lose power and crash shortly after takeoff at about 12:30 p.m. on Friday. It narrowly missed power lines as it dropped.

Finn says emergency crews were able to quickly extinguish a small fire at the crash site. Nobody on the ground was injured.

Clark County Coroner Mike Murphy said he had no immediate information about the victims, who were in the two-seat jet when it crashed.

The owner, Walter Woltosz of Los Angeles, was not on board.

Boulder City is about 30 miles southeast of Las Vegas.

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