Wed, Sep 24, 2008
Seven Year-Old Plane Mystery Solved
The wreckage of a Piper Cherokee that went missing in 2001 has
been discovered in California by San Bernardino County Sheriffs
deputies on routine patrol.
The Victorville Daily Press reports that debris found near Lytle
Creek by the crew of a helicopter patrol was confirmed to be from
N8253W, a 1980 Piper PA-28-181 Archer (file photo of type, shown
above) which was rented to 24-year-old Daniel Katz of Mexico
Katz departed Perris Airport in Riverside, CA for a trip to
Bracket Airport in La Verne on June 3, 2001. He's thought to have
The plane reportedly crashed onto very steep terrain at about
5,700 feet on the north-facing slope east of Cucamonga Peak. State
and county officials and the Civil Air Patrol searched for 17 days
after the plane went missing, but didn't spot the brown-and-tan
Piper in the surrounding terrain.
Skeletal human remains found within 400 feet of the crash site
will undergo identity testing by the coroner.
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