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Tuesday, February 8, 2005

A Placer County sheriff's search and rescue crew has found the body of a pilot and wreckage from the airplane he was flying Sunday night, a spokesman for the sheriff said today. The plane, which was headed to Oakland from Reno, was located on the back side of Mount Lincoln in the Sugar Bowl ski area, Placer County sheriff's Capt. Rick Armstrong said today. Armstrong said the sheriff's office has secured the scene of the wreckage and will wait until Tuesday, when officials from the National Transportation Safety Board are expected to arrive, to remove the man's body and to investigate the scene.

The plane, reportedly a four-seat Cirrus SR22, left Reno around 6 p.m. Sunday. About 15 minutes later, the pilot notified air traffic controllers that his wings were icing and that he was "going down,'' the sheriff's office reported. At that point, the plane was approximately 16,000 to 17,000 feet in the air, according to Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Donn Walker. It was the last contact the FAA had with the pilot. Around 1:45 a.m., a snow-grooming worker at the Sugar Bowl ski area called 911 and said he found a parachute and parts of an aircraft, according to the sheriff's office. A search crew responded to the scene, found the parachute and parts of the plane. The pilot's body and the remainder of the plane were found around noon today, Armstrong said.

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