Bay Area man identified in fatal Lake Tahoe airplane crash |

Bay Area man identified in fatal Lake Tahoe airplane crash

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The Washoe County Sheriff’s Coroner’s office confirmed Doyle John Bourchers III, of Palo Alto, Calif. died in a Thursday night or Friday morning plane crash near Lake Tahoe.

Bourchers, 41, was the only person in a four-seat Cessna 172 that crashed into the side of Mount Baldy, about two miles northwest of Incline Village.

It is unknown exactly when the airplane crashed, officials said, and an official cause of has yet to be determined.

Brooke Keast, public information officer for the WCSO, said WCSO search and rescue teams found the plane Friday morning after it was spotted by helicopters shortly after dawn.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said Bourchers took off from the Palo Alto Airport at about 8:10 p.m. Thursday. He said Bourchers did not file a flight plan with the Palo Alto Airport prior to taking off.

Keast said an emergency beacon designed to activate when planes crash, began alerting authorities at about 3 a.m. Friday, Aug. 8, although Keast noted that may not be exactly when the crash happened.

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Helicopters from the WCSO, civil air patrol and Nevada Division of Forestry couldn’t view the accident scene at Mount Baldy until dawn, Keast said, because of visibility issues.

An Air National Guard Blackhawk was called in from the Naval Air Base in Fallon, Nev. around 4 p.m. to extricate Bourchers’ body.