Mon, Jul 07, 2008
Officials Confirm Accident Claimed The Life Of The Pilot
An experimental RV-6 missing since Wednesday after departing
the Truckee-Tahoe Airport in northwestern California was found
Saturday in a heavily wooded area near Sierraville.
According to the Truckee Times, the aircraft was spotted by
Civil Air Patrol members on Saturday morning and a person from the
Sierra County's Sheriff's Office hiked into the wooded area after
being dropped off close to the wreckage site by a California
Highway Patrol helicopter.
Upon reaching the site, crews found the body of pilot Clayton
Beck, 37, in the remains of the aircraft.
Beck left Truckee-Tahoe Airport on Wednesday at approximately
1240 local time for a short flight in his single-engine, two-seat
RV-6 aircraft, to check mechanical issues with the aircraft
according to Nevada County Sheriff's Sgt. Jeff Pettitt. Beck was
reported missing that night by his wife, Lisa, after he did not
arrive at an afternoon meeting in Reno .
Beck recently retired as head coach of the Alpine Meadows
freestyle ski program, where he coached several Olympic athletes.
His wife was expecting their second son at the time.
The National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation
Administration are investigating the cause.
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