Heavy Snows Halt Missing Plane Search in Yosemite

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) - Yosemite National Park officials are suspending the search for a missing plane until spring.

Park spokeswoman Kari Cobb said Thursday that more than 5 feet of snow and strong winds have created extremely hazardous search conditions in the park's backcountry.

The single-engine plane was last detected via radar on Dec. 17, over the North Dome area and the search began the next day.

No clues have been turned up in the area off Tioga Pass and snow has made the area inaccessible by vehicle and foot.

The pilot - the only person reportedly aboard the Mooney M20 - was traveling from Santa Ynez to Mammoth Lakes. The park says Nicol Wilson, a Santa Barbara-area resident, was reported missing by his family when he didn't arrive.


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