Wreckage of Plane Found, No Survivors

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The wreckage of a small aircraft that disappeared over the weekend was found Tuesday about 9 miles north of the city's airport, authorities said.

The bodies of two people, believed to be the pilot and his wife, were found in the wreckage, said Maj. Charles McCarty, a Nevada Civil Air Patrol spokesman in Las Vegas.

Authorities did not immediately release the names of the victims.

A National Guard helicopter crew spotted the white, single-engine Cessna Centurion about 2:20 p.m. in snow just north of the Tonopah Airport, McCarty said.

Authorities think the plane is the same one that disappeared from Federal Aviation Administration radar about 11 miles northwest of the airport during snow showers Sunday morning. The pilot had not filed a flight plan, but McCarty said the couple was heading to Eugene, Ore., from Tucson, Ariz.

"We accomplished our objective, we found the plane. But we always wish we could find survivors," McCarty said.

The National Transportation Safety Board would be taking over the investigation into the crash, Nye County sheriff's Lt. Mike Dolfin said.

Civil aircraft from Las Vegas, Henderson, Reno and Elko were involved in Tuesday's search, with help from the National Guard, Fallon Naval Air Station and the Air Force.

The crash site was at the south end of a small mountain range, where the tallest peak is about 8,200 feet, McCarty said.

The plane carried survival gear, including blankets, water and medication, he said.


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