Victims from Truckee plane crash identified; $1.6B company co-founder included

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The Nevada County sheriff’s office announced on Wednesday that formal identification was done on the six victims killed in a private jet crash last July 26.

The aircraft was trying to land at the Truckee airport when the accident happened.

Included in the victims were 43-year-old Alberto Montero De Collado De La Rosa of Mexico; 38-year-old Ryan Thomas of La Quinta (Riverside County); 33-year-old Christine Thomas of La Quinta; 34-year-old Kevin Kvarnlov of Mendota Heights, Minn.; 56-year-old Thomas Ebaugh of Lakeville, Minn.; and 62-year-old John Dunn of Dallas, according to the names released by the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office.

Family members have unofficially identified most of the victims.

The private jet crashed close to a golf course when it was trying to make a landing at the Truckee-Tahoe Airport. It departed from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

No one survived the crash, San Francisco Chronicle reported.

Identified among the victims is Dunn who was a co-founder of Dallas-based commercial real estate firm, Rainier Companies, which valued at more than 1.6 billion in 2003, a report from SFGate furthered.

“As many people know, Ken had a big personality,” the Rainier Companies statement said. “He was never hesitant to contribute his wit, humor and insight on any topic. Ken loved to engage people, make them laugh and bring them into his orbit for both business and personal friendship.”

More victims were also found to be connected to California’s Coachella Valley.

According to KESQ, Kvarnlov was an associate with Hideaway Residences and Golf Club in La Quinte. Ryan, and Christine Thomas, meanwhile, were Hideaway members.

The TV station further identified pilot Ebaugh, a graduate of Palm Springs High School was known to some as Bret. “I’m completely devastated by this news,” one of the mourners said. “There are a few friends from high school that really made an impact on me.”