Weather hampers search for missing plane with 5 people aboard

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by KTVB.COM

NWCN.com

Posted on December 2, 2013 at 5:53 PM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 3 at 11:39 AM

VALLEY COUNTY -- The search in the Idaho wilderness for a missing airplane with five people aboard has been suspended for the night due inclement weather and lack of daylight.

State transportation officials say the search will resume at daybreak Tuesday with Blackhawk and Lakota helicopters searching from the air and a ground search team on ATVs, track vehicles and snowmobiles.

Officials say the pilot of the single-engine BE-36 Beech Bonanza reported an engine failure near the Johnson Creek Airstrip near Yellow Pine around 3:30 p.m. Sunday. The airstrip is about 50 miles northeast of Cascade.

Valley County Sheriff Lt. Dan Smith said the people on board are from the same family.

The Valley County Sheriff's Department is coordinating the search effort which includes deputies, EMS, firefighters, search and rescue crews.

A Lakota helicopter with the Army Air National Guard left Gowen Field in Boise was forced to turn back Monday morning due to the poor weather conditions.

The Civil Air Patrol and fixed-wing planes from the Idaho Transportation Department also plan to join the search when the weather allows for a safe launch.

The plane was flying from Baker, Oregon to Butte, Montana when the pilot lost contact with air traffic controllers in Salt Lake City.

Click here to see the live web cam from Johnson Creek Aiport.

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