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Posted by: thepinetree on 06/12/2017 08:45 AM Updated by: thepinetree on 06/12/2017 07:39 PM
Expires: 01/01/2022 12:00 AM
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Search Is On For Missing Plane, Last Known Above Mountain Ranch Area

Mountain Ranch, CA...On June 10, 2017 the Calaveras Sheriff’s Office was notified by the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office about a missing or overdue aircraft. It was reported that 75 year old Leroy Del Don Jr had departed an airstrip in Stanislaus County (Wesley, Ca.) on Friday, June 9th around 2:00 pm and had not made it to his destination of Columbia Airport.




A Radar track of the aircraft indicates that the plane may have been descending over a rural part of Calaveras County near Mountain Ranch before disappearing from radar.

A search for Mr. Del Don who has been reported as an experienced Pilot is ongoing. Search and rescue teams from the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office, Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office, and Amador County Sheriff's Office, as well as aircraft from the California Highway Patrol and Civil Air Patrol have been extensively searching the area.

The plane is reported to be a 1967 Beechcraft Baron, which is a twin engine propeller driven plane. It is beige in color with brown and orange striping and the tail numbers N3717A . If you heard or saw this plane or a similar plane during the afternoon of Friday June 9th, please contact the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office at 209-754-6500 and speak with dispatch. Again, the aircraft appears to have traveled over Columbia Airport and through Calaveras County before disappearing west of Mountain Ranch.

Please see photos below of the actual plane.


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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-06-12 08:52:54   By: Anonymous
 


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    Posted on: 2017-06-12 09:52:39   By: Anonymous
     
    May the pilot Rest in Peace
    and may God comfort his family
    in this time of unexpected loss.


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      Re:
      Posted on: 2017-06-12 11:37:40   By: Anonymous
       
      who said he's dead?!?

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      Posted on: 2017-06-12 12:08:52   By: Anonymous
       
      Unless proven otherwise, the SAR teams will assume he is alive and diligently act accordingly. I have seen people survive for more than a week when you might not think there is hope.

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    Re: Flight plan, flight plan.
    Posted on: 2017-06-12 13:18:51   By: Anonymous
     
    Hopefully they find the pilot alive soon.
    But it makes you wonder how he ended up flying over Mountain Ranch after taking off from Westley (southwest of Modesto) en-route to Columbia?
    More than a little indirect in his routing.

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      Re: Flight plan, flight plan.
      Posted on: 2017-06-12 13:41:59   By: Anonymous
       
      Hope he didn't end up in a Pot Field

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Insensitive Comment
Posted on: 2017-06-12 10:44:57   By: Anonymous
 
How insensitive to make a comment like that about the Bermuda Triangle in a tragedy like this. Amazing.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-06-12 11:18:23   By: Anonymous
 
50 year old air plane? Should have never been taken up.

One thing to keep a 747 or B52 flying that long. They have teams of
experts tear them apart and rebuild them every so many hours.

This was a loss waiting to happen.

Pray the pilot is recovered alive.

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2017-06-12 12:41:38   By: Anonymous
     
    You are obviously very ignorant about airplanes.

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      Re:
      Posted on: 2017-06-12 12:58:44   By: Anonymous
       
      Amen to that , there are a lot of 50 YRS Or 0lder planes in the air !

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        Re:
        Posted on: 2017-06-12 13:25:23   By: Anonymous
         
        Right. There are rigorous rules for required service, air frame inspections, etc. Lots of old pre-WW2 biplanes still flying.

        I'd be more worried about the aged pilot having a medical emergency that left him unconscious.

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          Re:
          Posted on: 2017-06-12 14:10:50   By: Anonymous
           
          That was my thought also. That is a fairly high-performance airplane, and would be tough to handle in an emergency.

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2017-06-12 15:50:03   By: Anonymous
     
    A 1967 model plane is not considered old at all.


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      Re:
      Posted on: 2017-06-12 17:48:38   By: Anonymous
       
      In a word, metal fatigue.

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Tail Number
Posted on: 2017-06-12 13:25:33   By: Anonymous
 
Someone at Pine Tree needs glasses.
The plane in the picture has a tail number 3717Q, not 3717A as stared in the PT report.

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    Re: Tail Number
    Posted on: 2017-06-12 13:26:56   By: Anonymous
     
    Should be stated not stared, sorry for the miss spelling.

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      miss spelling
      Posted on: 2017-06-12 13:41:53   By: Anonymous
       
      Nice try.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-06-12 13:56:42   By: Anonymous
 
What types of ties were they wearing?

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2017-06-13 21:25:16   By: Anonymous
     
    Old school stripes.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-06-12 14:19:41   By: Anonymous
 
I think the weather was crappy on Friday. He overflew Columbia but apparently could not see if due to clouds (followed GPS). Then flew west towards Mountain Ranch hoping to find a hole in the cloud deck. Probably flew into a mountain trying to do so.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-06-12 15:37:39   By: Anonymous
 
HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! LYING, CHEATING CROOKED, HILLARY! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!LIBS ARE LOSERS! HAHAHA!

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2017-06-12 16:22:41   By: Anonymous
     
    Gas gauge empty Check

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      Re:
      Posted on: 2017-06-12 16:52:41   By: Anonymous
       
      Any plane older than one year should not be allowed up!





































      Prayers to the pilot, and his family...

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        Re:
        Posted on: 2017-06-12 16:55:14   By: Anonymous
         
        Brilliant comment.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-06-12 17:09:55   By: Anonymous
 
Could of been shot down spraying agent orange over Mountain Ranch

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2017-06-12 18:05:50   By: Anonymous
     
    I think it was the Zeta Reticulans.

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