Crews search for missing plane east of San Francisco

Dec 22, 2015 6:16 PM by News Staff, Photo: NBC Bay Area

SUNOL, Calif. (AP) - Fire crews are looking for a missing airplane east of San Francisco.

NBC Bay Area reports Tuesday that crews are searching in the Sunol area of Alameda County for the plane.

Federal Aviation Administration officials say air traffic controllers lost radar and radio contact with a Piper PA-32 about 12 miles east of Oakland International Airport Tuesday morning.

The Alameda County Fire Department spokeswoman Aisha Knowles says the department received reports of a downed aircraft, which was traveling from Lincoln, California to Oakland.

Crews are still working to confirm the reports and find the aircraft and the FAA has issued an alert notice, which is the first step in initiating a search.

The search comes two days after a single-engine plane, carrying a family of five from Gilroy, California crashed near Bakersfield, killing everyone on board.


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