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May 24, 2013
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Area plane crashes result in 1 injury, 3 deaths

The pilot survived the crash of a single-engine aircraft Thursday afternoon east of Truckee — the third plane crash in the region in a week.

The pilot, whose identity was unavailable as of press time, called 911 at about 3 p.m. Thursday to report his downed plane in the area of the Truckee Airport, said Nevada County Undersheriff Joe Salivar. The pilot was the sole occupant of the plane, which crashed about seven miles due east of the airport, near the state line.

Helicopter rescue crews from Cal Fire and the California Highway Patrol assisted in airlifting the victim from the crash site, but it was not know where he was transported.

The cause of the crash is unknown at this time, Salivar said. The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board have been notified and the investigation will be turned over to them.

On Sunday, Bruce Albright Rhymes and Kathy Lorraine Rhymes died when their single-engine plane crashed about a half-mile from the Auburn airport.

Placer County Sheriff’s deputies responded at 12:30 a.m. to assist in the search for a possible downed aircraft near the Auburn Airport after commercial airliners confirmed a distress signal from an aircraft’s emergency locating transmitter.

And on May 16, a Reno man died after crashing in a remote area of the Tahoe National Forest.

Bob J. Richardson, 67, of Reno, was the only person aboard the twin-engine Cessna 421 at the time of the crash, which occurred east of Stampede and Boca reservoirs, roughly 15 miles northeast of Truckee and just southwest of Verdi Peak in Sierra County.

Richardson is originally from Los Gatos and often flew in and out of the Grass Valley Airport for business, said Sierra County Sheriff John Evans.

Richardson was a veteran of the United States Air Force, serving at the rank of captain during the Vietnam era.

The purpose of his flight was attendance at an advisory board for the College of Engineering of the University of Nevada, Reno, where he was a board member.

He had “mostly retired” from being a director on several boards of high technology companies.

He was identified by the California Department of Justice Latent Prints Section with assistance from his family in obtaining prior exemplars.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration.


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The Union Updated May 24, 2013 12:34AM Published May 28, 2013 12:10AM Copyright 2013 The Union. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.