Four victims found at plane wreck |

Four victims found at plane wreck

Christina Proctor

Possible wreckage from a small plane missing since Oct. 26 was discovered Wednesday afternoon by a pilot flying over the Sunset Lakes area of Alpine County.

The private aviator alerted searchers to the crash site at about 3:15 p.m. after landing at Douglas County Airport in Minden.

Bob Minter, Nevada search and rescue coordinator, said it was unknown if the wreckage was that of a Cessna 206 owned by Carson City businessman Ron Lukas.

“We have a confirmed crash site with four fatalities, but no confirmed identities,” Minter said.

Civil Air Patrol did not have any aircraft searching the area where the wreckage was found. After receiving word of the crash site, CAP officials immediately alerted the Alpine County Sheriff’s Department, medical crews and Reno Care Flight. As of late Wednesday evening, neither the plane wreckage, accessible by dirt road, nor the four victims had been identified.

Minter said the site would be secured Wednesday evening by Alpine County deputies in preparation for the arrival of U.S. Air Force and National Transportation Safety Board officials. A continued search and victim recovery will be performed today.

Lukas, 36, set out with three passengers from Douglas County Airport and has not been seen since.

Searchers for the past 10 days have scoured the rugged mountainous terrain when weather conditions have allowed. On Monday, a CAP pilot and crewmember were killed and a third man seriously injured after their plane crashed near Highland Lakes.

Listed as passengers in Lukas’ plane were his wife, Lisa, 38, Eric Schleier and Steve Schantz, 34.

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