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Former county resident killed in plane accident

Apr 17, 2012 - By Christina George, Staff Writer

The Winnemucca, Nev., man killed in the plane crash Friday in Sweetwater County was a former Fremont County resident.

A family member of Cranfill "Buster" High, 65, said the victim graduated from the former Morton/Kinnear high school.

Authorities found High's plane wreckage Friday, a day after he was expected to arrive at the Riverton Regional Airport.

Sidney Municipal/Lloyd W. Carr Field Airport manager Edwin Nelson said High departed the Nebraska airport after 3 p.m. April 12 when weather conditions cleared. He had planned to stop at Riverton to visit family before flying back to Winnemucca, Nev.

"He actually tried to leave the morning before but wanted to fly in favorable weather," Nelson said. "He had no hurry in getting back. The weather was such that he thought he would go to Riverton and visit some family."

High was the lone occupant of the twin-engine Cessna 320D plane.

Fremont County Sheriff's Capt. Dave Good said his agency received a call at about 8:30 p.m. April 12 from a family member of High's asking deputies to see if the plane had arrived at any other airport in the state.

Good said the Florida-based Air Force Rescue Operation tracked where the plane had last been seen on radar to a location about 12 miles west of Flaming Gorge Reservoir in Sweetwater County.

"Search and Rescue from Sweetwater County went out trying to locate the plane," Good said.

According to published reports, a relative told authorities High changed his mind about landing in Riverton while flying and headed toward Winnemucca instead.

Sheriff's Capt. Ryan Lee said High's aircraft was never in Fremont County.

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