Missing pieces from fatal plane crash found in Douglas County

Published: Feb. 19, 2018 at 12:39 PM PST
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The Douglas County Sheriff's Office says missing pieces of a plane that crashed, killing the pilot, have been found.

About 11:30AM February 19, 2018, Douglas County deputies and firefighters from the East Fork Fire Protection District responded to reports of a possible plane crash. Witnesses had reported seeing the plane go down in the vicinity of Hobo Hot Springs, in the northern portion of Douglas County. One witness reported seeing an explosion before the plane crashed, and the plane came down in more than one piece.

About an hour later, deputies and firefighters found the wreckage of a twin-engine Piper PA-34 Seneca in the Hobo Hot Springs area, west of U.S. 395 and south of Plymouth Drive. The site is on Washoe tribal land northwest of Minden-Tahoe Airport.

February 22, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue team used a drone to search the crash area and found the missing pieces of the plane about a ½ mile south of the crash site.

The pilot has been identified as 64-year-old Stephen Filice of Minden. The plane was headed to Minden from Bakersfield, California, and there had been no emergency communication leading to the crash.

When the crash happened, emergency crews say it was cold and windy with some clouds.

The National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration are investigating.