Two people were found dead along with a missing aircraft on Thursday afternoon near Bald Mountain in the Pine Nuts northeast of Double Spring Flat.
Douglas County Sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Pat Brooks said identification of the aircraft’s occupants was pending notification of next of kin.
The crash site was located at 2:20 p.m. Brooks said Douglas Search & Rescue personnel have examined the wreckage.
As of Thursday afternoon, the sheriff’s office was in the process of recovering the bodies and securing the scene.
The single engine Cessna 182 left North Las Vegas Airport at 6 p.m. Sunday, according to The Associated Press. Piloting the aircraft was Cory Marble, 30, a Reno resident. His passenger was a 21-year-old Minden woman who has yet to be identified.
Their stated destination was Reno-Stead Airport, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, but the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reported the aircraft was expected to land at Minden-Tahoe Airport on Sunday. Douglas County Search & Rescue located the crash site with the assistance of searchers from Lyon County, the Washoe County Sheriff’s helicopter RAVEN and the Civil Air Patrol.
Douglas County Search and Rescue aided Lyon County searchers in locating the aircraft. The initial search was joined by teams from Mineral and Mono counties, the Nevada National Guard and the Nevada Department of Emergency Management.
This is the second fatal aircraft crash so far this year in the Pine Nuts.