Small Plane Goes Down East of Truckee; Pilot Hospitalized

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TRUCKEE, CA - The pilot of a small plane is being treated after a plane crash east of Truckee Thursday afternoon.

According to Truckee Fire, the single-engine plane went down shortly after 3PM about ten miles east of Truckee, northeast of Martis Peak near Murphy Meadows.

A Care Flight spokesman says a Care Flight helicopter crew found the wreckage after the plane's pilot called 911 on his cell phone, but had to land some distance away because of rocky terrain and hike to the scene to give medical treatment to the pilot. The area is remote enough that a CHP helicopter with hoist capability was used to remove the injured pilot from the scene and take him to the Truckee-Tahoe airport, where Care Flight took him and flew him to Renown in Reno.

Care Flight had two helicopters in the area to provide whatever assistance was necessary.

No one else was on the plane, and there's no word on the cause of the crash or condition of the pilot, whose name hasn't been released.

The crash comes just a week after a Cessna went down in nearby Sierra County, killing the pilot.