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    CA - Mark, 54, & Brenda Richard, 53, plane crash, Sierra County, 17 Apr 2017

    After six days of scouring a remote section of the northern Sierra Nevada, authorities announced Monday they had suspended their search for a missing Santa Rosa couple presumed to have crashed while flying from Truckee to Petaluma.

    Brenda and Mark Richard flew out of the more than mile-high Truckee Tahoe Airport April 17 headed for Petaluma. At the time of their takeoff around 4 p.m., the temperature was 41 degrees with overcast skies and wind gusts exceeding 20 mph. Pilots departing the Tahoe-Truckee Airport must navigate 8,000- to 9,000-foot peaks shortly after takeoff.

    Authorities believe the white-and-blue single-engine Socata TB-20 Trinidad crashed in the snow somewhere in a 400-square-mile stretch of backcountry in Sierra County, 18 miles northwest of Truckee. The rough location of the plane was determined by radar and cellphone data.

    Civil Air Patrol volunteers from California and Nevada flew more than 60 hours over the area while others pored over more than 8,000 aerial digital images, taken by wing-mounted cameras.


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    Damarna is offline Verified State Coordinator for CFSI/ Insider - Parker Haluptzok
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    Oh this just his me in the heart. Many years ago our family lost a very very dear couple in a plane crash. Devestating. My dad stopped flying... It had been a passion he shared with his friend since childhood.

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    Tragic! Hopefully once some snow melts off, they can be recovered and the family have closure. Very sad.
    The Richardsí plane was equipped with an emergency locater transmitter, said Kathy Johnson of the Civil Air Patrol, a volunteer organization affiliated with the U.S. Air Force. In most circumstances the device would send signals, even if the plane had crashed into a deep ravine, Johnson said, but for an unknown reason the transmitter failed.

    With record winter snowfall and nearly the entire search area covered in snow, the white-bottomed plane would be extremely difficult to spot, Johnson said. Plus, there was more snowfall after the presumed crash.

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