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NTSB Releases Report on Auburn Plane Crash

The National Transportation Safety Board released its preliminary report on the air plane crash that occurred Saturday, May 18, in Auburn, involving a  CESSNA 170B, that resulted in 2 Fatalities.

Information provided by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) revealed that a friend of the pilot contacted the FAA on the evening of May 18, 2013, after they became concerned when the pilot had not arrived at his intended destination. The FAA subsequently issued an Alert Notification (ALNOT). The United States Air Force Rescue Coordination Center (ARCC) and local law enforcement commenced search and rescue operations throughout the area. The wreckage was located by aerial units on the morning of May 19, 2013.

Examination of the accident site by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigator-in-charge (IIC) revealed that the airplane impacted wooded terrain about 1,257 feet east of the runway. The wreckage came to rest inverted. All major structural components of the airplane were located within about 30 feet of the main wreckage. The wreckage was recovered to a secure location for further examination. The two people in the plane, a husband and wife identified on Monday as Bruce Aldridge Rhymes, 59, and Kathy Lorraine Rhymes, 58, husband and wife from Susanville.


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