Tahoe Plane Crash Update: Dead pilot took off from Palo Alto on Thursday | TahoeDailyTribune.com

Tahoe Plane Crash Update: Dead pilot took off from Palo Alto on Thursday

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Complete details remain unknown about a deadly plane crash that took place this morning in the mountains north of Incline Village.

According to Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue team and the Federal Aviation Administration, a male pilot was killed when his Cessna 172 airplane crashed Friday morning, about two miles north of Incline Village.

The man, whose name is being withheld until next-of-kin is notified, took off from Palo Alto, Calif., at 8:10 p.m. on Thursday, said FAA spokesman Ian Gregor.

Officials say they are unsure of the aircraft’s flight pattern or when it crashed, other than this morning. WCSO officials initially responded to reports of a plane crash at about 8 a.m. Friday.

The crash area is only accessible by helicopter, officials said, and emergency personnel have been staging since this morning at the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Incline Village Substation, near the intersection of state routes 28 and 431 in Incline Village.