Family Survives Idaho Cessna Crash

Stranded 15 hours on snowy mountain

Megan Stroup

Three family members survived a plane crash in a storm near Mountain Home, Idaho, on Saturday after the pilot made an emergency landing on a snowy mountainside. California firefighter Brian Brown was flying a Cessna 172 with his wife and daughter to visit family in Idaho when they hit an unexpected storm around 9 p.m., causing the plane’s wings to ice over. When the engine stalled, Brown made the decision to intentionally “belly-flop” the aircraft onto a mountainside. The impact threw both Brown and his wife through the windshield. The family found cell-phone service several hours after the crash and were able to call 911. Rescue crews trudged through six-foot snow drifts to reach the family, who were evacuated early Sunday morning.

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