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Truckee pilot missing

Greyson Howard
Sierra Sun

A pilot flying out of Truckee Tahoe Airport is missing after taking off Wednesday.

Clayton Beck took off around 12:40 p.m. July 2 for a short flight in the Truckee area, according to a Nevada County Sheriff’s Office press release. The Truckee resident was due back in time to drive to Reno for a meeting that afternoon but never landed at the airport.

“He’s an amazing husband and father and we need him to come home,” said Lisa Beck, his wife, on Thursday afternoon.

Clayton Beck was last seen in his two-seater, white with blue and red stripe RV-6 aircraft, tail number N27WR, according to the release.

“He’s been flying for 15 years ” he’s a very skilled pilot,” Lisa Beck said.

She said he normally flew around Truckee for about an hour.

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“We’ve contacted the towers in Oakland and Reno and neither had heard anything,” said Dave Gotschall, Truckee Tahoe Airport general manager. “It’s pretty odd.”

The Nevada County Sheriff’s Office is currently working with the California Office of Emergency Services and the Civil Air Patrol in search efforts.

“We have some aircraft up in a grid search,” said Walt Jones a deputy and search and rescue coordinator for the Sheriff’s Office. “It’s a small plane that can land almost anywhere so we’re hoping he’s going to call us and let us know he landed in somebody’s barn or something.”

Clayton Beck’s grandfather, Don Beck, was killed in a crash into Lake Tahoe in 1991, Gotschall said.

Don Beck was an airport board member and considered one of the country’s most skilled biplane pilots, according to the Sierra Sun archives.