Search for missing Mammoth-bound plane called off in Yosemite


Crews will wait for spring to solve case

Yosemite National Park officials on Thursday suspended the multi-agency search for a lost airplane that went missing over the park on Dec. 17, said park spokesperson Kari Cobb.

Cobb said the single-engine plane was last detected via radar over the North Dome area in the park.

Search efforts throughout the week failed to yield clues or evidence regarding the plane’s location.

“Over five feet of new snow have accumulated at the higher elevations of the park, including the search area,” she said. Additionally, strong winds have created extremely hazardous search conditions.”

Cobb said the park initiated an aerial search on Tuesday, Dec. 18, to help locate the missing plane.

Approximately 60 personnel assisted in the air search, including Search and Rescue teams from Yosemite National Park, California Highway Patrol (CHP), and Civil Air Patrol (CAP).

Cobb said search teams flew approximately 8,000 linear miles over the search area.

Pilot Nicol Wilson, who is from the Santa Barbara area, was flying the plane. There were no passengers onboard.

Wilson was reported missing by his family on the evening of Dec. 17, after failing to arrive in Mammoth Lakes as planned.