Pilot in Pinion Hills plane crash identified

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Updated: 3/20/2014 10:30 am
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & Mynews4.com) -- Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong has confirmed the victim of the Pinion Hills aircraft crash is Joseph Miceli of Wellington, NV.

Monday morning, rescue crews from the FAA, Carson City Sheriff’s Office, and Carson City Fire Department accessed the crash site.  Crews were able to remove the sole occupant of the aircraft. The aircraft has been identified as one of several owned by Miceli, a 1946 Cessna 120. 

Early information received suggested that Miceli left from Wellington in his aircraft during the afternoon hours Saturday.  On Sunday, at approximately the same time as the discovery of the aircraft, Miceli was being reported missing to Lyon County authorities.  It is not known at this time if Miceli ever arrived at the Carson City airport, or if he was returning to Wellington.  Exact time of the crash has not been determined.

The NTSB has jurisdictional authority on the investigation.  Miceli’s body was removed and transported to the Washoe County Medical Examiner’s Office where an autopsy will be performed.

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