BOULDER CITY, Nev. (AP) — Two people killed in a jet crash shortly after takeoff from the Boulder City airport have been identified as 65-year-old California men.

The Clark County coroner’s office identified the pilot as Douglas Gilliss of Solano Beach, Calif., and his passenger as Richard Winslow of Palm Desert, Calif.

Witnesses told authorities the Aero Vodochody L39 jet appeared to lose power before it crashed in the desert just west of the airport early Friday afternoon.

The jet was en route to Van Nuys, Calif.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports Gilliss was a member of a professional aircraft demonstration team and had been flying for more than 30 years. He also was a former Air Force captain.

Boulder City is about 30 miles southeast of Las Vegas.

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