DONNELLY Just after noon Friday, search crews found the wreckage of the plane they'd been searching for since Wednesday.

Lt. Dan Smith with the Valley County Sheriff's Office says they have confirmed three are dead. The pilot was listed as Dan Wilson from McCall, and the passengers are Mike Wolf and Steve Hall, both from Washington.

Smith says crews are working to recover the victims.

Authorities spotted what they believed was the wreckage of a single-engine plane that has been missing for two days in the mountains east of Donnelly.

The wreckage was sighted by an Idaho Army National Guard crew around 9:50 a.m. Friday. It is in rugged, mountainous terrain at an elevation of 7,000 to 8,000 feet, according to officials with the Idaho Transportation Department's Aeronautics Division.

The Cessna 206 was reported missing at 10:23 a.m. The aircraft is registered to Wilderness Aviation of McCall. We are told it was a charter flight into the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness.

The Idaho Army National Guard dispatched two helicopters Friday morning to an area east of Donnelly where the emergency locator transmitter signal was detected. The search by aerial and ground crews were hampered over the past two days by poor weather conditions.

The search and rescue team of more than 20 people set out on horseback and foot early this morning from a base camp to search for the missing plane. The ground is covered by about two feet of snow.

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