Ojai, CA Private Plane Crash, Dec 1949

Pilot Missing Seven Days Is Found Alive Near Wrecked Plane

Ojai, Cal., Dec. 13. - (AP) - Missing seven days in a wild snow-covered mountain wilderness, Pilot Robert Bryant, 26, was found Tuesday near the wreckage of his small private plane, in serious condition from injuries and exposure.

A ground party, aided by air rescuers, located the Glendale flyer in upper Sespe canyon, several miles from the crash scene on Topa Topa peak. It was at an elevation of 7,000 feet and rescuers at some places struggled through snow waist deep.

Bryant disappeared on a flight from Glendale to Hamilton field near San Francisco. Efforts were being made to get him to a hospital via helicopter and ambulance.

The Billings Gazette, Billings, MT 14 Dec 1949