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Small aircraft crashes in Mt. Bullion

Friday, April 11, 2014 - 12:30 p.m. - Emergency crews have located an airplane that went down north of the Mariposa Yosemite Airport. At least one fatality has been confirmed, a Mariposa County Sheriff's Office spokesperson said.

The crash was reported by a resident who saw the aircraft circle a couple of times, then crash into the trees below Fremont Ridge along Highway 49 North. Ground crews were originally unable to locate the plane. Access to the area was limited to only foot traffic.

Sheriff's office volunteer pilot Paul Reed, along with a probation officer, were able to spot the aircraft from the air in a fixed wing aircraft and direct the ground search in the general direction of the downed craft. Only after the CHP helicopter arrived on scene did searchers reach the crash site where they found a deceased adult male pilot.

At just after noon, when tMariposa Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue crew members don their gear to begin a search for a downed aircraft in the Mt. Bullion area Friday morning. Dan Tucker | The GazetteMariposa Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue crew members don their gear to begin a search for a downed aircraft in the Mt. Bullion area Friday morning. Dan Tucker | The Gazettehe search team reached the aircraft, Mariposa County Sheriff Doug Binnewies contacted the Federal Aviation Adminstration for instructions. At that time, it was uncertain whether the body would be extricated by local emergency response personnel.

Look for further details as they emerge.

 

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