'Missing plane' search effort under dramatic skies

Report of possible plane crash launches intense but fruitless search Saturday

A search and rescue helicopter looking for survivors from a reported downed small airplane over the Santa Cruz Mountains flies between a partial rainbow, dark clouds and blue sky above Palo Alto and Portola Valley. No sign of a crash was found.

Dee Wong, an environmental horticulturalist, and her son, Jason, 12, were hiking above Los Trancos Woods when Jason called her attention to a rainbow.

"Look mom, a rainbow! I turned round an was surprised at the beautiful view. I told him, great job in spotting it," Wong said in her blog.

"As I began shooting, a helicopter from the search and rescue crew came into view while circling over the Santa Cruz Mountains as it was looking for a reported downed plane, ... as I was told earlier by a newscaster ... as he was moving up to higher grounds to film the helicopters on Russian Ridge on Skyline.

"I hope the rainbow was a good sign," she said. No downed plane was found, but none has been reported missing, either, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. (See separate story on search.)

-- Palo Alto Weekly staff

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