October 21, 2014
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) - A plane reported missing over Yosemite National Park in December has been located along with its pilot.
Park officials say a visitor spotted the largely intact plane on Saturday in rugged high country in the park. Rangers hiked to the location the next day and found the plane and the pilot's body.
The pilot has been identified as Nicol Wilson.
Wilson was flying the single-engine plane from Santa Barbara to the Mammoth Lakes Airport in the eastern Sierra when he disappeared during a storm on December 17. Officials searched the high country, but suspended it for the winter when no trace of the plane could be found.
Park officials had begun searching again as snow melted.
Rangers plan to remove the plane over the next several weeks.