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The Placer County Sheriff’s Office has notified the next-of-kin and have released the name of the woman who died in a plane crash near Truckee Monday. She was Darla Sue Farnell, age 55, of the Tahoe City area. The man who was critically injured is Ray Richard Farnell, age 70, also of the Tahoe City area.
Dena Erwin Public Information Officer with the Placer County Sheriff’s Office says the call of a crash came in Monday morning (March 3) at 11:00 from Oakland.
The plane crashed approximately 3-4 miles south by south east of the Truckee Airport. Placer County Sheriff’s Deputies, Truckee Police Department, Truckee Fire Department, North Tahoe Fire, California Highway Patrol and the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office responded to the area in an attempt to locate the plane.
CHP helicopter H24 located the crashed plane approximately six miles south by south east from the Truckee Airport in the Juniper Creek area of Placer County California. The single engine plane was located in a mountainous area in approximately 4-5 feet of snow, making it difficult to reach by conventional means. Snowmobile teams and two snowcats were already staged in the area and started heading to the crash site from the east and west sides of the mountain.
At 12:50 am snowmobile search teams reached the crash site discovering the male survivor and a deceased female believed to be the only two on board the plane. Team members provided medical aid to the critically injured male until a snowcat with paramedics arrived. The male was extricated from the crash and transported by snowcat to an awaiting ambulance. He was then taken to a local area hospital. The current condition of the injured person is not known. Investigators from the FAA are investigating the crash this week.