Missing plane prompts Tahoe search
Witnesses have reported a possible small plane crash near Sand Harbor State Park, southeast of Incline Village, prompting an air search of the area at noon today. Helicopters are scanning the slopes above Lake Tahoe, looking for a Cessna airplane which was reported missing.
Chief Brown of the North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District said there is a missing plane in the area and witness saw a trail of white smoke collide with a trail of black smoke.
“Someone thought they saw a small plane crash. There’s some smoke visible,” said Scott Sutter, North Lake Tahoe Fire battalion chief.
Incline Village resident Mark Scully was boating when he saw the possible crash of an airplane near Sand Harbor State Park.
“We were boating on the East Shore and think that we saw something airborne in distress. There were four of us watching, and we saw black smoke that looked like fuel burning, streak across the sky from uphill of Incline Village. Whatever happened it didn’t look good. It looked like a fragment broke off and crashed into the mountains north of Lake Tahoe, on the lake side of the ridgeline,” Scully said.
Helicopters are scanning the steep slopes above the East Shore’s Hidden Beach, while North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District personnel are looking for signs of smoke from area lookouts in Crystal Bay and Mt. Rose.
The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Marine 9 boat has possibly sighted debris on the mountainside southeast of the water tower on Diamond Peak Ski Area. This is a steep, forested area below the ski area ridge.
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