On May 5, 1953, the Beechcraft Bonanza N8449A crashed in Mammoth Lakes, California. The plane’s pilot and passenger were returning to Fresno after completing a fishing trip at Lake Crowley. They took off from the Mammoth Airport and attempted to fly over the Sierras in a blinding snowstorm. The plane failed to arrive at it’s destination. When the Bonanza was found the next morning, it’s airspeed indicator was pegged at 280 miles per hour, showing that the plane probably impacted the snow covered mountain in a steep dive. During the search for the missing Bonanza, a SA-16 Albatross from the 41st Air Rescue Squadron, Hamilton Field went missing. It’s five man crew was found the next day in Sequoia Kings Canyon National Park after parachuting to safety when the SA-16 suffered an engine failure.