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Thieves Steal Plaque From Plane Crash Memorial in Reno

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Thieves have stolen a plaque from Rancho San Rafael Park in Reno that memorializes 70 victims and one survivor of a Galaxy Airlines plane that crashed south of the Reno airport in 1985. Galaxy airlines flight 203 crashed shortly takeoff from the Reno airport 29 years ago this month. Seventy people died and one 17 year-old passenger survived. The plaque was affixed to a large granite boulder in an area known as Galaxy Grove near the entrance to the park.       

In early November, parks officials noticed the brass plaque was missing. Washoe County Community Services District Manager Andy Mink says people have been stealing metal of all types to recycle for money. He says this particular plaque provided comfort for people who remember the crash. "It's actually damaging something where people come to reflect, maybe to seek solace and just the memory of people who got killed in this particular crash," said Mink.

Another plaque installed by AT&T was stolen from the same area this past fall.

It'll cost Washoe County about $500 to replace the galaxy plaque or about $1,000 to have the message and list of passengers engraved in granite, to prevent future thefts. Mink says that money will come out of the county's general fund.

But they hope someone will see this story and the plaque will be returned. "We'd like to have it back," said Mink. "Just come lean it against the rock, and we'll take it back."

Written by Jennifer Burton

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