BOISE – Authorities have released the names of two Canyon County residents killed in a small plane that crashed near Stanley.
The Custer County Sheriff's Office has identified the victims as 55-year-old Jerry Reding of Nampa, the pilot, and his passenger 38-year-old Jamie Sexton of Caldwell. They died on impact.
The single engine plane plane left Salmon around 10:15 p.m. Monday and was bound for Caldwell, but never showed up.
Multiple agencies from across the state spent the day searching just west of Stanley for the missing Cessna 182 with two people aboard.
Custer County Sheriff's deputies and Search and Rescue members located the crash at 4:40 p.m near the Iron Creek Trail Head.
The plane was supposed to land around midnight, but when it didn't arrive, concerned family members called the authorities.
According to the Idaho Transportation Department, which oversees the Aeronautics Division for the state, authorities say around 11:30 p.m. a cabin owner near Stanley reported hearing what he described as a stalling aircraft engine.
“The person who called is a pilot and knows what a normal airplane engine sound would be, and he reported the airplane seemed to be in a distress mode, that the engine seemed to be failing,” said ITD spokesman Mel Coulter.
The call is also consistent with the last radar contact of the plane. Radar tracking indicated the plane lost altitude and descended rapidly.
Helicopters from the Idaho Air National Guard and the Forest Service searched the heavily forested area, as well as three Civil Air Patrol aircraft.
The FAA and NTSB are investigating the crash.