[UPDATE 2:30 p.m.] UltraLight Plane Crashes in Eel Near McCann; Rescuers Search for Local Pilot

Around 11 a.m. an Ultralight plane crashed into the main stem of the Eel River near McCann roughly east of Weott. According to Supervisor Estelle Fennell the plane was located fairly quickly “in bushes at the side of the river.” However, she said, “They did not find the pilot.”

Fennell said the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department is bringing a boat to the site in case the pilot went into the river.

Fennell confirmed the pilot is believed to be local.
Below is an embedded map of the McCann area.

UPDATE 2:30 p.m.: According to a family member, there are about 30 searchers as well as the Coast Guard and Search and Rescue looking for the pilot.

UPDATE 6:27 p.m.: Searchers for Missing Pilot Vow to Work Until Dark Though Heat and Wind Are Taking Their Toll

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