Small Plane Crashes Near Bolinas, Killing Pilot

A search for a possible missing plane is underway on Friday, south of the Point Reyes National Seashore, a spokesman said.

The plane was discovered about 1 p.m. Friday amid steep, brush-filled terrain.

The pilot’s identity was not released.

FAA Public Affairs manager Ian Gregor said the plane – with only the pilot onboard – was reported overdue while flying from Santa Ynez to Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport in Santa Rosa Thursday afternoon.

A multiagency search party began scouring the southern area of Point Reyes National Seashore Thursday after an emergency transmitter went off giving the aircraft’s location, said John Dell’osso, a spokesman for the national seashore.

A multi-agency search was initiated after an emergency signal was transmitted by the plane Thursday. Authorities did not find any planes or boats in distress.

The Marin County Sheriff’s Office’s Search and Rescue Team, Bolinas Fire Department, Marin County Fire, Napa County Search and Rescue, National Park Service, Bay Area Mountain Rescue Unit, California Highway Patrol and Civil Air Patrol contributed to the search, Dell’Osso said.

The teams continued their effort until early Friday in the rugged, wooded area in west Marin and then took a break until daybreak.

The land search resumed around 8 a.m., Dell’Osso said.

The cause of the incident will be investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board.

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