Pilot killed in Alpine County plane crash
October 17, 2008
A pilot was killed Thursday when a Piper Cherokee aircraft crashed about two miles from the Alpine County Airport near Woodfords, south of South Lake Tahoe.
Authorities were withholding the pilot’s name pending notification of next of kin.
At about 11 a.m., Alpine County received a call that a small aircraft had radioed and reported it lost power and was in distress, according to Sgt. Ron Michitarian.
The pilot apparently was trying to make it to the Alpine County Airport but crashed in some trees on land belonging to the South Tahoe Public Utility District.
A district employee spotted the aircraft lying on its top and contacted authorities.
Alpine and Douglas medical personnel responded to the scene of the crash. A search was conducted to determine if there was another occupant of the aircraft, but no one was found.
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Representatives of the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board arrived at the crash site Thursday afternoon and began their investigation.
Firefighters stood by the aircraft, which was leaking fuel. However, no fire started.