YERINGTON, NV - The National Transportation Safety Board is still investigating the crash of a single-engine Cessna 170 and an unidentified experimental aircraft in midair above a dry lake bed.
Sunday, October 12, 2014 about 8AM, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office dispatch center received a call of a plane crash 11 miles northwest of Yerington. Another caller who saw the crash advised it was near Wabuska.
Sheriff’s deputies and fire personnel from the Mason Valley Fire Protection District responded and located an informal “fly-in” at a remote dry lake bed, northwest of Wabuska. A fly-in is an arranged gathering of pilots and planes for social interaction.
Several airplanes had been flying to and from the dry lake bed over the weekend. Deputies met with witnesses who stated two airplanes collided north of the dry lake bed and crashed into the side of a hill.
Deputies located the crash site and discovered two airplanes which were badly damaged. Both pilots were pronounced dead at the scene. One has been identified as 28-year-old Tyler Adams from Corvallis, Oregon. According to the Associated Press, the Winston-Dillard Fire District in Oregon has confirmed Capt. Thomas R. Weiss of Roseburg, Oregon was the other pilot.
The NTSB is conducting the accident investigation, with the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office conducting the death investigation.