An unusual Memorial Day Weekend snowstorm hampered efforts Sunday to rescue a California family whose plane crashed into a snowy mountainside in Owyhee County.
Whiteout conditions prevented a medical helicopter from carrying out an immediate rescue when the family called for help, using a cellphone, after their Cessna 172 went down. Brian Brown, his wife Jayann and their daughter Heather, all from Wilton, Calif., were flying from Sacramento to Mountain Home when their plane went down about a mile southeast of Silver City late Saturday night.
Rescuers, who had to travel through 6-foot snow drifts on foot, finally found the family, wrapped them in blankets and waited for an airlift.
The Idaho Guard lifted each family member to a landing area near War Eagle Mountain before transferring the trio via medical helicopter to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, where they were listed in stable condition.
The family was flying to Mountain Home to visit their oldest daughter.