Placer County sheriff's Capt. Jeff Ausnow says 70-year-old Ray Richard Farnell, the pilot, was hospitalized in Reno Monday night, and his wife, 55-year-old Darla Sue Farnell, was pronounced dead at the scene. He says the couple were from Tahoe City. Ausnow tells the Reno Gazette-Journal that a California Highway Patrol helicopter spotted wreckage around 11:50 a.m.
Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer says the Piper PA-46 Malibu took off from Santa Ana. Ausnow says it went down in a rugged area about 6 miles southeast of the airport.
It was unknown why the plane crashed.
Officials say an avalanche between Tahoe City and Alpine Meadows Road closed southbound state Route 89 early Monday.
Residents in Truckee and Washoe County are weathering the latest storm Tuesday while still reeling from the effects of the previous storm that hit over the weekend.
The National Weather Service placed the Sierra on flood watch because of continued heavy weather patterns.
Starting Sept. 1, all eastern Placer County animal shelter services will be relocated to a new shelter in Truckee.
Three workshops are scheduled in Truckee to give people a voice in developing a 'brand' for the town.