Tahoe Tow plane’s demise greatly exaggerated | SierraSun.com

Tahoe Tow plane’s demise greatly exaggerated

A search Thursday by several state agencies and an air ambulance for an airplane that reportedly crashed near Carnelian Bay was called off after nothing was found.

A boater on Lake Tahoe used a cell phone to report what appeared to be an airplane crashing into the forest on the North Shore. The caller reported that after an airplane released the glider it was towing, the tow plane appeared to spiral into the woods close to the south side of Northstar Ski Resort. The glider continued to circle overhead.

California Highway Patrol and CalStar helicopters searched the area from the air while Placer County Sheriff’s crews conducted a ground search.

The searches proved fruitless, however, according to the Placer County Sheriff’s department. Authorities called off the search after contacting glider-towing operations from Truckee, Minden and Pyramid Lake and learning of no missing planes.

When contacted, Soar Truckee confirmed that the company had towed a glider in the area of the caller’s report and around the same time. Both the tow plane and the glider were on the ground by the time authorities called.