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Weather stalls some flight operations in search for missing plane near Truckee

An aerial photo taken by a Civil Air Patrol aircrew Wednesday afternoon, April 19, 2017, shows snow, tree covering, and rugged terrain in an area of the Sierra Nevada mountain range being searched for a missing aircraft with two people on board. (Civil Air Patrol photo)

Weather prevented some flight operations Thursday in the search for a missing plane carrying two people in the Sierra mountains, according to a spokesperson for California Civil Air Patrol.

Lt. Col. Crystal Housman said in a statement Thursday that one crew was able to fly in the morning, but that further operations were not possible.

There have been nine CAP flight operations so far in the search for the Socata TB-20 Trinidad, which took off from Truckee-Tahoe Airport on Monday. Family members reported it was overdue that night when it failed to arrive at the Petaluma Municipal Airport in Sonoma County.

According to Housman, the search area is rugged, heavily wooded and covered in snow, and more data is continuing to help define the area, which is about 18 miles northwest of Truckee.

Volunteers are also going through more than 3,100 photos taken from the area Wednesday, she said. California Highway Patrol and other agencies continue to assist as well.

“This is truly a team effort,” Maj. Paul Saba said in a statement. “We are working with agency partners in the air and on the ground in the pursuit of one mission, which is to find this aircraft.”

More than 60 CAP volunteers have now taken part in the search, along with nine aircraft and seven CAP vehicles, in addition to the resources from other agencies.

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