A closer look of the aircraft that crashed on June 23, 2013. (Azenith Smith/FOX5)
Sgt. Joseph Edwards served in the military for 11 years, according to the Nevada National Guard. (Source: Nevada National Guard)
Pfc. Cody Hall (Facebook)
BOULDER CITY, NV (FOX5) -
The two men who were killed in an airplane crash near Boulder City on Sunday were members of the Nevada National Guard, according to officials.
A spokesperson from the Federal Aviation Administration said the pilot of the Beech A-45 aircraft crashed in a field near the Boulder City Municipal Airport after the pilot reported engine trouble and was trying to make an emergency landing.
On Monday, the Clark County Coroner's Office said 23-year-old Cody Hall, of North Las Vegas, died in the crash. On Tuesday, the coroner's office identified the second victim as 41-year-old Joseph Edwards, of Las Vegas.
Also on Tuesday, it was revealed that the two men were members of the Nevada Army National Guard.
Sgt. First Class Erick Studenicka, of the Nevada National Guard Public Affairs Office, said Edwards held the rank of sergeant first class, while Hall held the rank of private first class.
Studenicka said Edwards served in the military for 11 years, most recently as a helicopter repairman in Detachment 1, B company 3/140th Security and Support unit. He said Hall had just completed his first year with the National Guard and served in the same unit as an aircraft electrician.
Investigators from the FAA and National Transportation Safety Board are trying to determine the cause of the crash. Officials have not yet said which of the men was piloting the airplane.
A pilot at the North Las Vegas Airport told FOX5 there are a number of possible causes for engine loss, including high altitude, high temperatures, low fuel or mechanical problems.
Studenicka said the flight was not military related.
According to the FAA registration, the airplane was owned by Jet Test and Transport, of Henderson. The company has not yet returned phone calls and emails seeking comment about the history of the aircraft.
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