Small medical plane with 4 aboard missing in California

ARCATA, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say they’re searching for a small medical transport plane with four people aboard that has been missing for about eight hours in Northern California.

The Federal Aviation Administration says the pilot of the Piper PA31 declared an emergency around 1 a.m. Friday when smoke filled the cockpit.

REACH Air Medical Services says in a statement that the plane was carrying the pilot, a flight nurse, a transport medic and a patient.

FAA spokesman Ian Gregor says the plane planned to fly about 360 miles from Crescent City, near the Oregon border, to Oakland.

Gregor says the pilot reported that he planned to return to Crescent City before losing contact. The plane went missing from radar 5 miles north of the Arcata-Eureka Airport on the far northern coast of California.

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