2013-07-04 / Front Page

Missing aircraft is located in Yosemite

A single-engine aircraft that disappeared on Dec. 17 has been located by a Yosemite National Park visitor near Vogelsang High Sierra Camp. 

The Vogelsang area is in the rugged high country of Yosemite. The location is more than 10 miles east of where air-traffic controllers said the plane dropped from radar screens in December. 

Yosemite rangers hiked to the location of the plane on July 7.  Nicol Wilson, the pilot of the plane, was found deceased at the location.  He has been positively identified. 

Wilson, who was flying from the Santa Barbara area to the Mammoth Lakes Airport on the east side of the Sierra Nevada, disappeared during a winter storm on Monday, Dec. 17.  After extensive searching of the Yosemite high country, the search was suspended for the winter season.  Yosemite National Park has searched extensively over the past several months, once conditions allowed for travel through the high country. 

The Yosemite National Park Helitak crew was greatly assisted by the California Highway Patrol (CHP) Civil Air Patrol (CAP), California Emergency Services, and YoDogs (canine search and rescue assistance) during the extensive search operation.

Yosemite rangers will be removing the plane from the backcountry over the next several weeks. 


The aircraft that went missing in Yosemite National Park on Dec. 17 was a single-engine Mooney similar to this model.The aircraft that went missing in Yosemite National Park on Dec. 17 was a single-engine Mooney similar to this model.

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