Jet that Crashed Near Nellis AFB
Updated: Jun 7, 2022
Investigators say the fatal crash of a jet into a home near Nellis Air Force Base nearly three weeks ago was the result of a flap issue.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that the National Transportation Safety Board released its preliminary findings Friday on the crash that killed 43-year-old pilot Nicholas Hunter Hamilton of Las Vegas.
Investigators believe the jet, which was operated by a military contractor, was part of a two-plane formation finishing weapons school support flights.
Moments before the May 24 crash, Hamilton reported the jet had no problems.
But as Hamilton started his final turn, he reported a flap issue.
Investigators believe the pilot ejected, and the jet crashed about a mile and a half from Nellis. They said the wreckage was consumed by a post-crash fire.
The plane crashed into a home, leaving the homeowner with nightmares of the crash, which he said sounded like a bomb going off in his backyard.
Hamilton was the only person on board the jet.