Family survives plane crash in wilderness
POSTED: Tuesday, May 29, 2012 - 9:30pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, May 29, 2012 - 9:34pm
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — A California firefighter, his wife and youngest daughter are all recovering in a Boise hospital after their small plane crashed in Idaho.
Wilton Fire Department Captain Brian Brown reported the crash at 12:08 a.m Sunday after their Cessna 172 slammed into a mountainside.
Brown was flying the plane with his wife, Jayann, and adult daughter, Heather, on board.
Brown's family was heading to Mountain Home, Idaho, to visit his oldest daughter when the plane went down.
Rescuers located the plane Sunday morning after hiking through 6 foot snow drifts, according to the Owyhee County Sheriff's Department.
They used the signal from the family's cellphone along with an emergency beacon on the plane to locate the victims.
Rescue efforts were delayed by a snow storm that forced a medical helicopter out of the area.
The National Guard was better equipped for the foul conditions and was able to retrieve all of the passengers by 2 p.m. Sunday, according to the Sheriff's Department.
Brown, his wife, and daughter are being treated at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise for head and back injuries.