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Search begins for missing plane in central Idaho

The Columbian
Published: December 1, 2013, 4:00pm

BOISE, Idaho — Authorities are looking for a small airplane that disappeared near the remote central Idaho town of Yellow Pine.

Valley County rescue crews joined the Idaho Army National Guard Monday in the search for a single-engine Beach Bonanza and five people believed aboard the plane.

County officials say the pilot reported engine failure near the Johnson Creek Airstrip Sunday afternoon. The backcountry landing strip is near the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness area and three miles south of tiny Yellow Pine.

The plane was reportedly flying from Baker, Ore., to Butte, Mont., when the pilot lost contact with air traffic controllers in Salt Lake City.