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Jet Crashes North of Las Vegas, Killing Two

May 15, 1993

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. (AP) _ A F-4G fighter-bomber owned by a military contractor crashed Friday, killing its two-member crew, an Air Force spokesman said.

The aircraft, owned by Tracor Flight Systems, crashed near Pahrump, Nev., about 65 miles west of Las Vegas, at 1:40 p.m., said Air Force spokesman Sgt. Reid Henderson at Nellis Air Force Base.

The identities of the crew members were being withheld pending notification their families.

The F-4 is a Vietnam War-vintage twin-engine, tactical fighter-bomber that can reach speeds of 1,060 mph and an altitude of 60,000 feet. Henderson said he did not know where the plane was heading or whether it had taken off from Nellis.

Calls to Tracor offices in Mojave, Calif., and Austin, Texas, were not answered Friday night. The cause of the crash wasn’t immediately known.