Snowy weather Tuesday continued to plague the search for a small airplane that went down in the backcountry of central Idaho with five people aboard.
Rescue efforts were halted as night fell about 5 p.m. Tuesday and would resume again Wednesday, authorities said. The plane, en route from Baker City, Ore., to Butte, Mont., developed engine trouble Sunday afternoon. The pilot called air traffic controllers at Salt Lake City International Airport seeking coordinates to make an emergency landing at the Johnson Creek air strip near the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness Area. Shortly thereafter, the aircraft disappeared from radar.
Crews detected a faint signal from an emergency locator transmitter for the six-seat, early 1980s model BE-36 Beech Bonanza, according to a statement by the Valley County Sheriff's Office, but they could not find the source because the signal was too weak.