YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (CBS/AP) — Clear skies were helping authorities search for a small plane that disappeared from radar over the back country of Yosemite National Park.

Park spokeswoman Kari Cobb said the search began anew Wednesday with a helicopter from the California Highway Patrol and two fixed-wing planes piloted by the Civil Air Patrol.

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The search area is off Tioga Pass between 8,000 to 10,000 feet. Snow had made the area inaccessible by vehicle and foot and hampered the search effort.

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The pilot — the only person reportedly on board the single-engine Mooney M20– left Monday from Santa Ynez. The Federal Aviation Administration says his wife reported him missing when he failed to arrive in Mammoth Lakes on schedule.

 

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