Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Family Will Keep Looking For Missing Plane After Officials Suspend Search

Posted By on Tue, Dec 17, 2013 at 8:53 AM

Following nearly two weeks of searching for a missing aircraft, thought to be somewhere deep in Valley County's backcountry, Idaho officials announced last week that they would suspend their ground and air search. But relatives of those who were aboard the plane say they're not giving up.

Five people were believed to be on board a BE-36 Beech Bonanza plane when it was reported missing. The plane took off from Baker City, Ore., at 11 a.m. on Dec. 1 and went off the radar about an hour later near Yellow Pine, just northwest of Cascade. The plane was bound for Butte, Mont.

Hundreds of people—including as many as 60 on foot—participated in the search for the plane, one of the largest searches of its kind in Valley County history. But weather hampered their efforts, grounding a number of the aircraft.

“We reluctantly suspended the search because of worsening conditions and concern for the safety of our search teams,” Mike Pape, administrator of the Idaho Transportation Department’s Division of Aeronautics, said on Dec. 12. “We are prepared to resume the search if there is specific, credible information about the plane’s location. Our decision to suspend the formal search was not easy to make and came only after all of our other options had diminished. Our hearts go out to family members and friends as they await word about their love ones.”

But on Dec. 16, relatives of those aboard the plane announced that they would continue with their own privately funded search for their loved ones.

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