In Memory

Lynn Stover

Passed away March 22, 1995 while landing a cargo plane in bad weather.

Lynn Stover
CRASH ON SPANISH PEAK KILLS SACRAMENTO MAIL PLANE PILOT
A Sacramento express-mail pilot was killed Wednesday when his Cessna 208B hit 6,161-foot Spanish Peak 10 miles north of Reno/Tahoe International Airport. Authorities withheld his name pending notification of relatives. He was the only person on board. "This was his regular run. He was one of the company instructor-pilots. He was very experienced," said a spokeswoman for the Union Flights. "It was express mail: parcels. He was following two of our other aircraft. They landed safely. She and Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Spencer Buxton in Reno said the plane was on an instrument approach to Reno. The company spokeswoman said nothing pointed to mechanical trouble or icing as a cause. She said she suspected it might have happened because the airport's radio glide slope, which provides proper descent angle for instrument landings, was out of service. Buxton said the glide slope has not been working for a week and half, but had nothing to do with the crash. He said the instrument approach in use -- a localizer approach -- is a normal one that specifies minimum descent altitudes. A snowstorm Wednesday cut visibility and hampered rescuers. "It's miserable," Washoe County Sheriff's Department spokesman, Sgt. Geof Wise, said at a search command post on Eagle Canyon Road, four miles west of Pyramid Highway. An estimated 50 deputies, search and rescue and Hasty Team members responded to that area, where a crash-activated emergency locator transmitter signal was heard. The body of the pilot was removed Wednesday afternoon. The FAA reported the plane left Sacramento at about 7:30 AM and was cleared for a Reno landing approach at 8:10 AM. However, the plane disappeared from radar. Searchers with ELT receivers located the wreckage about 1:30 PM.

Published in the Reno Gazette-Journal, March 23, 1995

 



 
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07/10/19 05:06 PM #1    

Steven Bradshaw

A incredible flying friend for many years is very much missed by Steve Bradshaw

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