Martis Peak plane crash victim, survivor identified

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Updated: 3/03/2014 11:19 pm
UPDATE: 5:56 p.m.
RENO, Nev. ( & KRNV) -- The identities of the victims of Monday's plane crash in Placer County have been released.

The deceased victim is 55-year-old Darla Farnell of Tahoe City, California. She was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash at Martis Peak.

The survivor is her husband, 70-year-old Ray Richard Farnell, also of Tahoe City. He was piloting the plane. He is currently in critical condition at Renown Regional Medical Center, with severe head trauma.

The couple was on their way back to Tahoe from Southern California.
UPDATE: 2:09 p.m.
RENO, Nev. ( & KRNV)
-- The Placer County Sheriff's Office reports that the one male survivor from Monday's plane crash near the Washoe County/Placer County line is being transported by Snowcat and should be flown to an area hospital within the hour. Authorities also confirm one person has been found dead.

Original: 1:37 p.m.
RENO, Nev. (KRNV &
-- The Placer County Sheriff's Office confirms there is one male survivor in a single-engine plane crash near the Nevada-California state line. The survivor was originally spotted by a CHP chopper and is being treated on scene.

There is no information as to the origin or destination of the aircraft, but Oakland Air Traffic Control notified Placer County officials of a small aircraft down near the Washoe County/Placer County line around 11 a.m. There are over two dozen personnel on the ground, as well as snowmobiles and aircraft searching the rugged rural area.
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