Search underway for missing plane that took off from Truckee

A TB-20 Trinidad is seen in this undated photo (Courtesy California Civil Air Patrol)

UPDATE: 6:50 p.m., 4/18/17

TRUCKEE, Calif. (News 4 & Fox 11) -- A Civil Air Patrol aircrew has been launched Tuesday afternoon to help with the search for a missing plane in the Sierra Mountains.

Lt. Col. Crystal Housman said search crews still have not received a signal or satellite hits from the Socata TB-20 Trinidad, which had two people aboard when it took off from Truckee-Tahoe Airport on Monday.

A CAP crew from Auburn was launched just after 1 p.m. Tuesday to search the plane's last known position, an area about 20 miles northwest of Truckee, according to Housman.

A Nevada Wing crew was launched from Carson City at about 4 p.m. to relieve the crew from Auburn, and it has been joined by a crew based out of Minden and a California Highway Patrol helicopter.

Ground teams with CAP and the Sierra County Sheriff's Office are assisting in the search as well. A second air crew from California is on standby.

"We will be flying until sundown," Civil Air Patrol incident commander Lt. Col. David Boehm said in a statement. "If the aircraft is not located this evening, we plan to resume aerial search operations at sunrise, so long as the weather permits."


Civil Air Patrol crews are helping with the search for an aircraft reported missing after it took off from Truckee on Monday, according to a CAP spokesperson.

Lt. Col. Crystal Housman, mission information officer for California Civil Air Patrol, said a Socata TB-20 Trinidad left the Truckee-Tahoe Airport just before 4 p.m. Monday.

Two people were on board, and family members reported the plane was overdue when it did not arrive as scheduled at Petaluma Municipal Airport in Sonoma County.

The plane is equipped with an emergency locator transmitter, but there have been no satellite hits from the beacon.

Civil Air Patrol was activated shortly after midnight Tuesday, Housman said in a statement, and radar analysis and cell phone data have narrowed the search to an area of the Sierra Mountains northwest of Truckee.

CAP search and rescue volunteers from Palo Alto and Sacramento are heading to help the Sierra County Sheriff's Office.

Weather prevented air crews from searching overnight and Tuesday morning, according to Housman, but three crews -- one CAP crew from Auburn and two Nevada Wing crews from Minden and Carson City -- are prepared to fly visual searches once the weather clears.

“Our hope is that the weather will clear and we can fly a visual search Tuesday afternoon,” Civil Air Patrol incident commander Maj. Steven DeFord said in a statement.

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