VALLEY COUNTY -- Friday, after about 48 hours of searching, crews found the wreckage of a plane reported missing on Wednesday.
Sergeant Jason Speer with the Valley County Sheriff's Office said all three men aboard the plane died in the crash. The pilot was Dan Wilson from McCall, and the passengers were Mike Wolf and Steve Hall, both from Washington. Wolf, 51, is from Woodland, Washington, and Hall is around the same age and is from Ariel, Washington.
Speer says the area where they found the plane is about 12 miles east of Donnelly near the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, and that it is densely wooded, and hard to access on foot.
"The area that we located the plane at is at an area of the mountain called the needles," said Speer. "It's extremely steep, rugged terrain."
Severe weather put a halt to the search Thursday. Then on Friday, two helicopters with the Idaho Army National Guard were sent to the area, where they spotted the plane wreckage from the air.
"There was no way effectively to get the horse back teams from where we had set up our search and rescue command post to that area, so helicopters were instrumental in locating this," said Speer.
Speer said the families of the two Washington men were eager to help in the search.
"They're really good, average, everyday people," he said. "They were obviously, just like anyone, very concerned for their family members. They have a large family, so we had cousins and uncles and brother-in-laws that wanted to come and assist with the search."
Speer said the people of Valley County were also eager to help in the search.
"The community comes to the aid of the those in need," he said. "It's rural Idaho. We know just about every body that's usually involved in things, the pilot was a local, and even though the other people involved weren't locals, our community members stood by the ready, volunteering horses, time, manpower, and just anything they could to assist with the search."
The National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration will investigate the crash. The aircraft company will be responsible for cleaning up the wreckage.