Names Released from Placer County Plane Crash

By: Pat Thomas Email
By: Pat Thomas Email

TRUCKEE, CA - One woman has been killed in the plane crash of a small plane in Placer County, and there is one survivor.

A report came in of a downed plane east of the Truckee-Tahoe Airport about 11AM Monday. Nevada County deputies searched with the help of a Care Flight helicopter crew; the wreckage was finally found by a California Highway Patrol pilot in adjoining Placer County in the woods off Highway 267. The wreckage is about six miles south-southeast of the Truckee Tahoe Airport in heavy woods in the Juniper Creek area, according to Placer Sheriff Lt. John Weaver.

The plane is single-engine; further information hasn't been released, including where it originated. But investigators think it may have been headed toward the Truckee airport.

Rescue crews on snowmobiles pulled the survivor, 70-year-old Ray Farnell, from the wreckage and took him to Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno for treatment; he was in critical condition when pulled from the wreckage. The dead woman was 55-year-old Darla Farnell. The couple is from the Tahoe City area

The crash is being investigated to determine why the plane went down.


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