Posted on May 27, 2012 at 10:21 AM
Updated today at 3:13 PM
OWYHEE COUNTY, Idaho -- Owyhee County Sheriff Daryl Crandall says three people are alive, and in "surprisingly good condition," after their Cessna crashed in a remote area of Owyhee County.
The Idaho Transportation Department said the 1966 Cessna 172 took off from Sacramento, Calif. and was en route to Mountain Home, Idaho. Crandall said the plane crashed on a cliff at about 12:08 a.m. Sunday, about 1 1/2 miles southwest of the Rough Mountain Repeater.
After the plane crashed, one of the three passengers onboard used a cell phone to call 911, and reached the Owyhee County Sheriff's Office early Sunday morning. Air ambulances searched early Sunday, but had difficulty seeing the terrain, as it was still dark. Crandall said he tried to send in ground crews, but they had to turn back because of blizzard-like conditions.
Early Sunday afternoon, the three were safely transported to a Boise hospital.
The three passengers onboard are Brian Brown, Jan Brown, and Heather. Heather's last name and age, as well as the ages of Brian and Jan, weren't known yet Sunday morning. The passenger who used the cell phone to call 911 said one of them had minor head and laceration injuries and the two others suffered back and neck injuries.