Chapter One: The Crash of Maule N5629JNovember 27, 1994
Joshua Approach, Maule N5629-Juliet, over," I say.
Both of my passengers, who are wearing headphones, listen in with me. But all we hear is static.
"It's OK, Lloyd," I say. "They can't pick us up with these mountains obstructing our radio transmission. We usually make contact with them around Owens Valley."
I scan the instrument panel. The altimeter reads 12,000 feet above sea level, a safe altitude in this part of California's Sierra Nevada, even though the tallest peaks here rise to heights greater than 14,000 feet. Our airspeed is 145 mph,...