UPDATED. Small plane goes missing northeast of McKinleyville airport

An example of a Piper PA31 Photo from Wikipedia

An example of a Piper PA31
Photo from Wikipedia

UPDATE AT 12:59 P.M.
Latest update on today's airplane crash:
The National Transportation Safety Board will arrive tomorrow around 1100 hours.The Humboldt County Sheriff's Office has secured the scene.
There is a quarter-mile mile debris field for the crash site. Personnel have confirmed plane went down into timber.
Sheriff’s Office is in communication with REACH Air Medical Services with information for the victim’s family.Personnel have confirmed four people were on the plane, and as noted earlier confirmed two fatalities.

 

 

UPDATE:
Sheriff's Office: This morning at about 10 a.m. Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office search and rescue teams located a crash site on private timber company in the Cranell area of Humboldt County which is located to the north of McKinleyville. At this time at least two fatalities have been confirmed. National Transportation Safety Board has been notified.

Mad River Union

HUMBOLDT – A small airplane with possibly three people on board has gone missing somewhere northeast of the California Redwood Coast Humboldt County Airport in McKinleyville.

“The pilot of a twin-engine Piper PA31 declared an emergency due to smoke in the cockpit around 1 a.m.” this morning, July 29, according to a press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office. The plane, which may have had three people on board, was flying from Crescent City to Oakland.

The pilot indicated he was going to return to Crescent City.

“Radar contact with the aircraft was lost about 5 miles northeast of Arcata Airport,” states the press release.

The Sheriff’s Office is searching for the aircraft. The tail number is N661TC.

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