Search for pilot to resume in June

Solvang resident went missing in December
2013-04-29T00:20:00Z Search for pilot to resume in JuneStaff report Santa Maria Times
April 29, 2013 12:20 am  • 

Yosemite National Park officials expect to resume their search for missing Solvang pilot Nicol Wilson in June at the earliest, a spokeswoman said last week.

Wilson, the only occupant of a single-engine 1966 Mooney M20F, left Dec. 17 from Santa Ynez Airport and was reported missing by his family that evening when he failed to arrive on schedule at Mammoth Lakes Airport, on the east side of the Sierra Nevada.

Due to heavy snowfall and strong winds in December, search efforts — which had turned up no clues or signs of the aircraft — were suspended until weather and snow conditions improved.

The four-seat aircraft disappeared from radar near North Dome. Aerial search efforts began Dec. 18 but were stalled by poor weather and lack of visibility.

More than five feet of new snow had accumulated at the higher elevations of the park, including the search area off Tioga Pass between 8,000 and 10,000 feet, roughly 600 square miles.

“The high country is still very covered in snow,” said Kari Cobb, a spokeswoman for Yosemite National Park.

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