Search continues for plane that took off from Truckee; 40 volunteers now part of effort

A TB-20 Trinidad is seen in this undated photo (Courtesy California Civil Air Patrol)

The search continues for a plane carrying two people after it took off from Truckee but failed to arrive at its destination earlier this week, according to a spokesperson for California's Civil Air Patrol.

Lt. Col. Crystal Housman, mission information officer, said CAP is still working with the Sierra County Sheriff's Office and California Highway Patrol in the effort to find the Socata TB-20 Trinidad reported missing on Monday after taking off from Truckee-Tahoe Airport.

The plane was due to land at Petaluma Municipal Airport in Sonomo County, California, but family members reported the plane was overdue.

Four air crews performed visual and photographic searches on Wednesday in an area of the Sierra Nevada mountains about 18 miles northwest of Truckee, according to Housman, and operations will continue throughout the day.

“We are integrating seamlessly with our local search partners, which is important given the terrain, flight environment, and congested airspace around a concentrated search area with as many as three aircraft searching at the same time,” Capt. Charles Christian, operations section chief, said in a statement.

Housman said weather conditions have been optimal Wednesday for the search effort, which now includes 40 CAP volunteers, six CAP aircraft and four CAP vehicles.

Winds are expected to pick up late Wednesday, however.

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