Pilot disappears after taking off from Ashland

Update (10/22/21 3:49 p.m.) – Missing pilot William Bushling was found dead at the site where his plane crashed on Bradley Peak, the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office said. No further details were released.


Update (10/22/21, 11:10 a.m.) – The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office issued the following statement regarding the search for William Bushling and his plane: “Around 10:00 A.M. today [Friday], we received a report from a man that believes he found the black Cessna we have been looking for. Currently our Search and Rescue units are accessing the area the plane was found. As additional information becomes available, we will update our FB page as well as our media outlets. We ask that our readers be respectful regarding information and not putting out details that have not been confirmed by law enforcement. We want to be respectful to the family of William not perpetuate speculation.”


Original story: GLENN COUNTY, Calif. – A pilot is missing after he failed to land at his planned destination.

Action News/ Now reports William Bushling took off in a black Cessna 150 from the Ashland airport at about 10:00 a.m. Wednesday.

When he failed to land at his planned destination of Orland, California, the Glenn County Sheriff’s Office was made aware of the situation.

Law enforcement agencies in the areas of the plane’s departure and planned arrival were reportedly notified.

According to the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office, the plane was possibly last known to be in the area of southern Siskiyou County or northern Shasta County

The missing plane bears the tail number N5268Q.

The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office asked the community for help, writing, “If you heard or saw a low flying aircraft yesterday, October 20th between 11:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. from Highway 89 intersection of I- 5 south to Castella and along the I- 5 corridor east to Girard Ridge, please call the Sheriff’s Office. Please call the emergency number at (530) 841- 2900”

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