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Cal Fire: Small plane crashes in Tahoe Nat'l. Forest

12:49 AM, May 17, 2013   |    comments
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SIERRA NEVADA, CA - Cal Fire, the California Highway Patrol and a medical helicopter responded to small plane crash in the Tahoe National Forest.

According to Federal Aviation Adminstration spokesman Allen Kenitzer, a Cessna 421 was headed to Reno when it was lost off radar about 1:25 p.m.

Cal Fire dispatchers report the air ambulance spotted the downed twin engine plane as did a CHP aircraft crew.

Sierra County sheriff's deputies had the crash site sealed off until NTSB investigators could reach the area on Friday.

The smoking wreckage could be seen from Verdi peak a few miles to the north just before sunset Thursday evening.

There was no early word on the status of the plane's pilot and/or passengers.

The Cessna 421 is an eight seat, pressurized aircraft often used as a corporate plane. It was on final descent into Reno when it vanished off radar. The FAA said the aircraft is registered to TRI-WINGS LLC based in Reno.

Dispatchers said witnesses said they saw a fireball in the sky before the plane went down.

Verdi Peak is in California, about 25 miles west of Reno, Nevada and 107 miles northeast of Sacramento, according to the website summitpost.org.

News10/KXTV and The Reno Gazette-Journal

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