Small plane missing in Yosemite near North Dome


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Greg Barnes

Topic Author's Original Post - Dec 19, 2012 - 01:30am PT
Just ran across this article:

"The plane went off the radar as it flew over the North Dome area of the park, and the nearest road is closed for the season, adding another challenge to the search."

Dec 19, 2012 - 01:41am PT
Air search will start tomorrow morning with 2 helicopters one from CHP and the other I don't know who it is yet.

It was snowing off and on all day so air ops was grounded today.

Both ships arrived late afternoon today.

The rangers trained with the direction finders today for tomorrows search.

Stay tuned .... :-)


Boulder climber
Dec 19, 2012 - 01:48am PT
Deja vu all over again. Miracles do happen.

Mountain climber
Dec 19, 2012 - 04:48am PT
chainsaw, scuba gear, 100L packs, I missing anything?

Social climber
Dec 19, 2012 - 05:19am PT
hey there say, all...

i am up, doing a project... just saw this...

will sure be praying...
for all concerned, meaning rescuers as well... and loved one of all
these folks...

god blesss...
thanks for sharing..

Sport climber
mammoth lakes ca
Dec 19, 2012 - 07:48am PT
Squishy....Are you missing anything....? A second novel soaked in aviation fuel...RJ

Ice climber
chingadero de chula vista
Dec 19, 2012 - 09:51am PT
Well I hope he is OK.
Forrest B.

Trad climber
Dec 19, 2012 - 09:57am PT
That plane was loaded with WEED!
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
Dec 19, 2012 - 09:59am PT
chainsaw, scuba gear, 100L packs, I missing anything?
maybe a pipe and lighter.

Dec 19, 2012 - 04:44pm PT
Two CHP choppers searched all morning till 1:00 this afternoon.

Nothing so far.

In 15 minutes CHP will resume search again ......

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Dec 19, 2012 - 04:46pm PT
Werner, loan Gill some snowshoes and get him on the trail.

Dec 19, 2012 - 04:50pm PT
Jim, you mean "Dill" not "Gill".

There were some ground team searchers sent out late yesterday afternoon to try and pick up the emergency locator signal.

But they got nothing either.

The emergency locator transmitter only has an 8 our battery life.

So they are hosed today as far as getting a signal from the plane along with all that fresh snow from yesterday covering a white small plane.

It's now a needle in a haystack type search .....

Trad climber
British Columbia, Canada
Dec 19, 2012 - 07:57pm PT
Somebody get Licky in here, I'm sure he's going to want to commence with research as soon as possible so he can get his second book out...

Trad climber
Mancos, CO
Dec 19, 2012 - 08:06pm PT

I second the motion.

Ice climber
chingadero de chula vista
Dec 19, 2012 - 08:16pm PT
How long was it before they discovered the {wallet in Mammoth}? from the other crash a while back?

Steve Fossett.
Apparently about 13 months.

Trad climber
Las Vegas, NV.
Dec 19, 2012 - 08:22pm PT
That was when Steve Fossett went in, Z. It was just over a year after the crash. Side note, I used to maintain that plane years ago, and met Steve a couple times during the Earthwind Hilton project. Cool guy, shame he went in.

Small planes are damned hard to find even when you're right on top of them sometimes.


Trad climber
Dec 19, 2012 - 08:24pm PT
Somebody's loved ones were in that plane yall. Werner, glad you guys are on it. The best in the business. Hoping for a miracle maybe. Scary terrain and weather out there right now.

Trad climber
Portland, Oregon
Dec 19, 2012 - 08:26pm PT
Up here in thick PNW forests they are sometimes never found - hoping for a better outcome in this case.
John M

Dec 19, 2012 - 08:29pm PT
I'm hoping for the best.

I know weight counts in a plane, but only an eight hour battery?

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Dec 19, 2012 - 08:39pm PT
The FAA has changed the requirements for Gen Aviation ELT's three or four
times since they were first mandated in 1973 after the crash of Alaska
Congressman Begich and the failure to find the wreck. Interestingly, there
are no requirements for battery life. Good ones will work for much more than
8 hours though but like any battery they don't do well if they are ignored.
More interestingly the latest design only activates 81-83% of the time!
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