On the drive back out to the highway.
This information on the lost of three Civil Air Patrol crew members was provided by John Lopez Jr.
During the search for this missing airplane conducted by the Civil Air Patrol, a Cessna 182R (N9706X), crashed on 14 January 1995 killing all three CAP aircrew members. The sortie, which originated from the search base at Cable Airport, was only an hour into it's search when it impacted terrain at the 7700 foot level in a wooded saddle between Mt Baldy and Pine Mountain. The weather that day was marginal with obscured peaks and mountain tops, turbulence and significant downdrafts.
The three CAP members killed were assigned to the Reid-Hillview Squadron in San Jose, CA. They were Robert A. Leman, 48, a computer software engineer and commercial pilot from San Jose who had been a Patrol volunteer for 12 years; Brian Perkin, 39, a products planner for Novell Inc. and an eight-year Patrol volunteer from Santa Clara; and James C. Spadafore, 62, a two-year Patrol volunteer from San Jose, for whom no other occupation was given. Leman and Spadafore were both married with children.
The NTSB's findings for the cause of the crash was, "the pilot's loss of aircraft control and subsequent inadvertent stall/spin following an encounter with a localized mountain wave condition and turbulence while conducting a search mission in close proximity to mountainous terrain".
Within two years, two more members from the squadron would be killed in another crash while conducting SAR operations within the State of California.