Sunday, October 16, 2016

California Wing and El Dorado Sheriff searching for Missing Aircraft

For immediate release. 

16 October 2016

South Lake Tahoe, Calif. A Cessna aircraft returning to the Sacramento area from Idaho with a single pilot on-board has been reported overdue. The California Wing of the Civil Air Patrol was activated by the United States Air Force Rescue Coordination Center at Tyndall Air Force Base and the El Dorado Sheriff’s Department has been activated by the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services to search for the missing aircraft. The CAP National Radar Analysis Team and the CAP Celluar Forensics Team are also supporting the search.

The last known position of the aircraft is in a rugged area of the Sierra Nevada Mountains southwest of Lake Tahoe. Weather is hampering the ability to launch search aircraft but ground teams are assembling to hike into the area. Once weather clears, both the Civil Air Patrol and the El Dorado County Sheriff are prepared to launch search aircraft.

Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force, which consists of regular Air Force, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve, along with Air Force retired military and civilian employees. CAP, in its Total Force role, operates a fleet of 550 aircraft and performs about 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 78 lives annually. Civil Air Patrol’s 56,000 members nationwide also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. Its members additionally play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 24,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet program. Performing missions for America for the past 75 years, CAP received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2014 in honor of the heroic efforts of its World War II veterans. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. 

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CAP contact:
Col Jon Stokes, CAP Public Affair Officer


1 comment:

  1. Fox40 News did an interview with Maj Chris Johnson, which can be viewed here: . Thank you, Maj Johnson and other volunteers, for your work in this search effort.