BOISE -- State transportation officials say inclement weather and snow in the mountains hampered the search for a single-engine airplane with three people on board that went missing after taking off from the McCall Airport this morning.

The Idaho Transportation Department says the missing aircraft is a white Cessna 206 that seats six people. The plane is owned by Wilderness Aircraft of McCall.

A pilot and two passengers were on the plane, which was headed for the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness.

Idaho Army National Guard helicopters are concentrating their search for the missing plane in an area a few miles east of Donnelly, based on the missing aircraft s emergency locator transmitter signal.

We are told the area is inaccessible to motor vehicles.

The forecast tonight is for more snow and temperatures dropping below freezing in the mountains.

The search will resume at daylight on Thursday.

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