One Dead in Crash of Small Plane


A small plane piloted by a couple who divided their time between Laguna Beach and Lake Tahoe crashed Monday, March 3, near Truckee, Placer County sheriff’s authorities said.

Killed in the crash was Darla Farnell, 55, of Carnelian Bay, said Debby Smith, a coroner’s assistant in Auburn, Calif., adding that the crash site was near Truckee’s Murphy’s Meadow and Juniper Creek, north of Lake Tahoe.

Injured was Farnell’s husband, Ray Richard Farnell, 70, who was the plane’s pilot, Capt. Jeff Ausnow told the Reno Gazette Journal. Ray Richard Farnell was being treated in a Reno hospital Monday.

The Farnells were traveling from Santa Ana to Truckee, said FAA spokesman Allen Kenitzer, who said the National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash.

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