Missing Plane Update


The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office regretfully reports the positive identification of the decease person at the plane crash site on Bradley Peak. Mr William Bushling was positively identified by our investigators. His family has been notified. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Around 10:00 A.M. today, Skiskiyou County Sheriff Office received a report from a man that believes he found the black Cessna we have been looking for.
Currently our Search and Rescue units are accessing the area the plane was found. As additional information becomes available, we will update our FB page as well as our media outlets.


The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help with sightings or information relating to a current Search and Rescue mission. Earlier today, we received information from Cal OES and Air Force Rescue Coordination Center, of an overdue aircraft that left Ashland, Oregon around 9:00 A.M. headed south.
Trinity County Sheriff’s Office contacted our dispatch center and request we check our local airports, looking for a Cessna bearing the tail number N5268Q. They report they received a request for an emergency landing, however the plane never arrived. Siskiyou County Sheriff deputies were unable to locate the Cessna. Trinity County reported the last know location of the pilot’s phone using cell tower triangulation (ping) was the area northeast of Dunsmuir and south of the Hwy 89/ I-5 area last night at around 8:00 P.M. The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office has mobilized our Search and Rescue (SAR) to search the last known area of the pilot’s phone.
There are many federal, state and local agencies working to locate the pilot and his plane. It is still unclear if the plane had to perform an emergency landing somewhere or if the plane and pilot are safe and sound and just unable to call in.