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Man, Son Survive Plane Crash

March 23, 1998

BISHOP, Calif. (AP) _ A man and his 3-year-old son survived the crash of their small plane, then used a broken piece of wing as a sled Sunday to reach a nearby road and safety.

The single-engine plane of Victor Marsh, 33, crashed on a Sierra Nevada peak Saturday as he was flying from Prescott, Ariz. to his home in Tracy, said Civil Air Patrol Major Wyn Selwyn.

Marsh, a former Air Force pilot, kept himself and the boy warm overnight and then started calling on a portable radio at dawn.

His calls were heard by Shane Lowe of nearby Lone Pine, who drove to the area as Marsh and his son slid to a road on the jury-rigged toboggan.

``It’s not often that we see a happy ending when someone turns up missing in the High Sierra,″ said air patrol Lt. Col. James Goin. ``The pilot’s survival skills and training really paid off.″

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