Search for ‘Budge’ Brown continues
MINDEN, Nev. – The search for Carson Valley resident Robert H. “Budge” Brown is continuing today as members of the Civil Air Patrol examine the route the Carson Valley philanthropist took from Lake Tahoe to Tracy, Calif.
Brown was last detected over the west slope of the Sierra Nevada east of Sacramento on Wednesday evening, according to the Civil Air Patrol.
Search aircraft are continuing flight operations in support of the Amador County Sheriff’s office. The main focus of the search is on an area east of Sacramento that surrounds the last known position of the Lancair aircraft. Additional areas are also being searched.
By 9 a.m. four Civil Air Patrol search aircraft were searching for the overdue aircraft, with one more departing shortly and three additional aircraft awaiting assignment. Flight crews and aircraft are from all over California as far north as Concord and south as Fresno.
Today the search is expanding outward from the last position the aircraft was reportedly tracked on radar. CAP planes are flying what is known as a route search along the entire path the pilot is reported to fly between Minden and Tracy, based upon radar data and other intelligence.
As of Thursday evening four Civil Air Patrol planes flew over 20 hours on five sorties in an attempt to locate the plane. In addition to the aircraft two CAP ground teams were also involved Two California Highway Patrol Helicopters investigated areas that CAP aircraft could not safely reach, and the Amador County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team combed the search area on the ground.
With the exception of a emergency beacon on Wednesday that was tracked by CAP search crews and located a different aircraft on the ground there have been no emergency signals heard by search aircraft or satellites. This signal was found to have been accidently activated.
Civil Air Patrol assets from across the state are involved. The CAP aircraft that initially responded are based at four different airports. Flight crews flew in from Concord, Sacramento, Auburn and Redding with additional aircraft from across the state on alert to assist. Mission management and operations staff are working from locations the length of the state.
While weather conditions today appear to provide for good visibility, the snow on the ground in the region presents somewhat of a challenge for rescue crews searching for a white aircraft.