Additional helicopters on the way to search for missing Idaho plane

Additional helicopters on the way to search for missing Idaho plane
Photo of the missing plane. Courtesy Mark Pasqualino

CASCADE, Idaho (KBOI) -- Additional aircraft are headed to Valley County to help rescue crews search for a missing airplane that went missing Sunday.

US Customs and Border Protection has sent a helicopter from its base in Spokane to assist in locating the missing plane. The Idaho Army National Guard is launching two Apache Helicopters with infrared capabilities Thursday afternoon. An additional Bell 407 helicopter from Sun Valley is also on its way.

Helicopters allow searchers to survey the area at a lower altitude and at slower speeds than fixed-wing aircraft. The five planes will also grid the area for any signs of the missing plane. | Video of the Search

"We are extremely thankful for the support we have been getting from multiple organizations," said Incident Commander Lt. Dan Smith with the Valley County Sheriff's Office.  "This search has been a cooperative effort from the beginning and continues to be so."

The airplane and its passengers have been missing since Sunday. It lost radar and cell tower contact about a mile east of the remote and rugged Johnson Creek Airstrip near Yellow Pine, which is about 50 miles northeast of Cascade.

The Valley County Sheriff's Office says no additional volunteers are needed in the search.