3 rescued from Idaho plane crash

May 28 2012 - 6:58am

SILVER CITY, Idaho -- Three people have been rescued from the site of an airplane crash in rural Owyhee County Sunday.

The airplane, 1966 Cessna 172, left Sacramento Calif. for Mountain Home Saturday. It crashed just after midnight Sunday about a mile southeast of Silver City.

One of the passengers of the plane contacted the Owyhee County Sheriff's Office via cell phone early Sunday. They reported back and neck injuries along with lacerations and a minor head injury.

LifeFlight dispatched a helicopter to search and located the crash site. Other agencies assisted the Owyhee County Sheriff's Office in the rescue including the Owyhee County Posse, Air St. Lukes, Idaho Mountain Search and Rescue, Nampa Fire and Rescue and the Idaho Army National Guard with a UH-72 Lakota helicopter.

The rescue was hampered by 6-feet high snow drifts and challenging, steep terrain. Rescuers built a fire for the survivors while they awaited an airlift. The Idaho Guard airlifted the victims from the site.

The victims were flown to a transfer site and taken for medical care. The operation was wrapped up shortly after 2 p.m., according to a release.

The passengers are Brian Brown, Jan Brown and a third passenger known only as Heather.

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