Medford bound plane crashes

HAPPY CAMP, CALIF. — Police in Northern California this morning will resume the search of a missing pilot whose plane crashed Saturday near Happy Camp.

The Siskiyou County Sheriff's Department confirmed Saturday the plane was registered to a Medford man and was on its way to the Medford airport when it crashed in a remote area of Siskiyou County.

Siskiyou County Sheriff Rick Riggins could not confirm if the Medford owner was piloting the plane when it went down. He said search and rescue crews have recovered some debris and are still looking for the pilot.

Only a small part of the wreckage had been located and the pilot had not been found as of 7 p.m. when the ground search was suspended because of foggy and rainy weather conditions and steep, rugged, brushy terrain, according to a news release.

Searchers found where the tops trees had been broken off and a large debris field headed in a westerly direction down a steep ridge in an area south of Happy Camp, the release states.

"We are still in the early stages of investigating this," Riggins said. "It's too early to tell exactly what happened and who was involved."

Siskiyou County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman told the Redding Record Searchlight newspaper the man was flying a Socata plane from Palm Springs to Medford, when it crashed into steep, remote terrain.

A helicopter crew from Jackson County, bringing medical personnel to the scene, reported seeing the crash site from the air, according to the Record Searchlight.

The pilot reported having trouble with the plane at 1:30 p.m. just minutes before it disappeared off the radar, the Record Searchlight reported.

Gravenkamp did not return phone calls from the Mail Tribune on Saturday seeking further comment.

The sheriff's office will resume the search this morning.

Share This Story