(BOISE, ID) — Three people were rescued after crashing a small airplane in southwestern Idaho. The Owyhee County Sheriff’s Office says teams including the Idaho Air National Guard were called in to assist the pilot and two passengers. The plane, carrying Fire Captain Brian Brown and his wife and daughter, was flying from Rome, Oregon to Mountain Home when it went down early Sunday morning. The 15-hour ordeal began when the plane stalled out because of icing – and they pancaked onto a mountain slope. The family was not wearing warm clothing, and was not prepared to spend such an enormous amount of time in the cold and snow. Efforts to call for help on a hand-held radio were not successful. It wasn’t until a cell phone rang from within the wreckage that the family was able to call 9-1-1 and summon help. All three suffered major, but non-life threatening injuries.
Madison Park, Keith Allen and Andreas Preuss, CNN