An aircraft manned by a single pilot reportedly crashed into Lake Tulloch on June 16 after hitting a power line. 

Updated 5:40 p.m. 6/17/19 The Calaveras County Sheriff's Office reported that the plane was found at around noon on Monday. Multiple agencies utilized sonar equipment and an underwater remote-operated vehicle to locate the aircraft approximately 110 feet below the surface. The plane reportedly took off from Stanislaus County and was en route to Tuolumne County at the time of the crash. The name of the pilot has been withheld, pending notification of next of kin. 

Multiple agencies are working to recover a downed single-engine plane and pilot that reportedly crashed into Lake Tulloch in Copperopolis late Sunday morning.

Lt. Anthony Eberhardt with the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office told the Enterprise that he could not confirm if the wreckage had been located as of Monday morning.

Eyewitnesses reported seeing a yellow, single-engine plane hit a power line before diving nose-first into Lake Tulloch near the residential area of Poker Flat, according to the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office.

Citizens were advised to stay out of the water near Poker Flat while multiple agencies searched the area with dive teams and remotely operated underwater vehicles.

The search continued into Monday morning, according to Sgt. Andrea Benson with the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office.

Many residents in the area were temporarily without power following the incident, though electricity has since been restored, according to the PG&E outage map.

Authorities have not released any identifying information regarding the pilot at this time.


Dakota graduated from Bret Harte in 2013 and went to Davidson College, NC where she earned a bachelor's degree in Arab studies. After spending time studying in the Middle East and Europe, she is happy to be home, writing about the community she loves.

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