Solvang man and his plane missing
December 21, 2012
Two full days of searching have turned up no trace of a plane piloted by a Solvang man that disappeared earlier this week over the high country of Yosemite National Park. [Noozhawk]
The plane was en route from the Santa Ynez Airport to Mammoth Yosemite Airport near Mammoth Lakes. It disappeared over the North Dome area of the park about 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
The pilot has been identified as Nicol Wilson, who is in his late 60s. His family reported him missing after he failed to show up in Mammoth in his four-seat, propeller-driven plane.
Searchers, working mainly from the air, have scoured 600 square miles of rugged terrain between 8,000 and 12,000 feet of elevation, Noozhawk reported. More than 60 people are assisting in the air search including search-and-rescue teams from Yosemite National Park, the California Highway Patrol and the Civil Air Patrol.