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Missing Solvang pilot and his plane found near Yosemite

By Shirin Rajaee, KEYT NewsChannel 3 Anchor/Reporter, shirin.rajaee@keyt.com
Published On: Jul 08 2013 12:08:44 PM CDT
Updated On: Jul 07 2013 02:00:00 AM CDT

The body and plane of a missing Solvang pilot found in Yosemite

YOSEMITE, Calif. -

The plane that was reported missing over Yosemite National Park on Dec. 17, 2012 has been located, along with the deceased pilot.

The discovery was made Monday by a park visitor near Vogelsang High Sierra Camp on Saturday. The Vogelsang area is in the rugged high country of Yosemite National Park. Yosemite National Park rangers hiked to the location of the plane, which was largely intact.

Nicol Wilson, the pilot of the plane from Solvang, has been positively identified. He was flying from the Santa Barbara area to the Mammoth Lakes Airport when the plane disappeared during a winter storm. 

His wife reported him missing. After extensive searching, the search was suspended for the winter season.

Yosemite National Park rangers will be removing the plane from the backcountry over the next several weeks.

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