Airplane search video highlights challenging terrain for rescue crews

Airplane search video highlights challenging terrain for rescue crews »Play Video
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CASCADE, Idaho (KBOI) -- The search continues for a missing airplane in mountainous Valley County after the aircraft reported engine trouble near the small town of Yellow Pine over the weekend.

Five people are on board, including a couple from BYU-Idaho.The aircraft hasn't been seen since.

Video obtained by KBOI-TV Wednesday highlights the challenging terrain rescue workers are facing looking for the 1983 White Bonanza. About 50-60 people are searching the ground going from sunrise to sunset.

The faint emergency locator transmitter signal thought to be picked up yesterday continues to be searched for, however it cannot be verified by other aircraft searching in the same area today. The teams are expanding their search as that signal may be misleading due to the mountainous terrain and the unreliable nature of the signal.

On the plane include the pilot, Dale Smith, along with son Daniel Smith and his wife Sheree Smith, and daughter Amber Smith with her fiancé Jonathon Norton. The two are planning to get married in January, according to Smith's Facebook page.