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Missing plane may have been found in Siskiyou County, officials say

The Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office said in an update on Friday morning that they received a report indicating that William Bushling's black Cessna had been found.

Posted: Oct 22, 2021 11:24 AM
Updated: Oct 22, 2021 11:30 AM

DUNSMUIR, Calif. — The Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office said Friday morning that it received a tip indicating that the plane of missing pilot William Bushling may have been found.

According to the agency, a man reported around 10 a.m. that he saw a black Cessna matching the description of Bushling's plane. Siskiyou County search and rescue teams are headed out to the area where the plane was reportedly seen.


Photo courtesy of Harry Bushling

"We ask that our readers be respectful regarding information and not putting out details that have not been confirmed by law enforcement. We want to be respectful to the family of William, not perpetuate speculation," the Sheriff's Office said.

Bushling reportedly took off from the airstrip in Ashland on Wednesday morning, heading for his hometown of Orland, California. He was flying a black Cessna with the tail number N5268Q.

Friends of Bushling's became concerned when the plane was overdue for arrival in Orland. Officials in Trinity County reported receiving a request for an emergency landing, but the plane never arrived.

According to the Trinity County Sheriff's Office, the last known location of Bushling's phone via cell tower triangulation or "ping" was an area northeast of Dunsmuir and south of where Highway 89 joins I-5. The ping was recorded around 8 p.m. on Wednesday night.

The Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office said Thursday that it had mobilized its search and rescue team to scout out the last known location of the pilot's phone.

This is a developing story and will be updated with more details as they emerge.

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