Officials looking for plane that never arrived at Orland airport

Officials are looking for an overdue plane that never arrived at the Orland airport after it took off from Ashland.

Posted: Oct 21, 2021 12:09 PM
Updated: Oct 22, 2021 8:13 AM

GLENN COUNTY, Calif. - Action News Now spoke with the wife of William Bushling, an Orland pilot whose plane never arrived at the Orland airport Wednesday, but she did not want to have the conversation recorded.

Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office is leading the search for Bushling, with Shasta, Trinity and Glenn counties all assisting.

Photo courtesy of Harry Bushling

Bushling's wife told Action News Now he was having a bit of trouble with the plane, but fixed it, filled up the tank and took off.

The plane took off from Ashland, Oregon but never arrived at its destination in Orland on Wednesday, according to the Glenn County Sheriff’s Office.

The Glenn County Sheriff’s Office was notified to locate an overdue plane Wednesday night.

The plane is described as a black Cessna 150 with the tail number N5268Q.

Deputies said the plane departed from Ashland early Wednesday and was expected to arrive in Orland.

The plane was not located at the Glenn County Airport. Action News Now called the Ashland airport who said the plane departed at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

A friend of Bushling contacted the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to make the initial report.

The Leidos Flight Service, a third party to the FAA, has been notified and has advised law enforcement within 50 kilometers of the airplane’s departure and arrival locations to locate the plane.

The Glenn County Sheriff said there is a missing person report for Bushling and the plane in Glenn County and Trinity County.

The Trinity County Sheriff's Office contacted the Siskyou County Sheriff's Office advising them to check their local airports for the Cessna. They were unable to locate the plane. 

The Trinity County Sheriff's Office said it received a request for an emergency landing but a plane never landed.

Using a cell tower to ping the last known location of Bushling's plane they were able to determine his last know location, which was northeast of Dunsmuir and south of Highway 89 and Interstate-5 around 8 p.m. 

The Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office posted to Facebook Thursday afternoon asking the public if they heard or saw a low flying aircraft on Wednesday between 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. This would be in the area of Highway 89 intersection of Interstate-5 south to Castella and along the Interstate-5 corridor east to Girard Ridge. 

The Siskiyou County Sheriff's deputies have a search and rescue operation near the last known area of Bushling's phone.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office at (530) 841-2900.

This is a developing story. Action News Now will keep you updated with new information on-air and online

Chico
Clear
50° wxIcon
Hi: 69° Lo: 43°
Feels Like: 50°
Oroville
Clear
51° wxIcon
Hi: 66° Lo: 50°
Feels Like: 51°
Paradise
Clear
50° wxIcon
Hi: 66° Lo: 50°
Feels Like: 50°
Chester
Clear
46° wxIcon
Hi: 57° Lo: 26°
Feels Like: 43°
Red Bluff
Clear
46° wxIcon
Hi: 68° Lo: 43°
Feels Like: 43°
Willows
Clear
50° wxIcon
Hi: 67° Lo: 43°
Feels Like: 50°
The Thanksgiving weekend may be coming to an end, but the dry and mild weather will be sticking around for the foreseeable future!
KHSL Severe
KHSL Radar
KHSL Temperatures

Community Events