Idaho father and teenage son killed in plane crash. The plane crashed in a rural area killing both people on board.
A father and his teenage son were killed in a plane crash last Sunday in Idaho, the Valley County Sheriff’s Office said.
The victims were identified as Neal Humphrey, 48, and his son Cooper Humphrey, 15.
The deceased were flying in a single-engine green and tan Piper PA-20, which was supposed to arrive at Johnson Creek Airstrip in Valley County on the evening of June 26, the sheriff’s office said. Dispatchers were told that the aircraft took off around 8 p.m. that night.
Valley County dispatchers received a call from the Idaho Division of Aeronautics on Monday morning notifying the sheriff’s office of an overdue plane.
A Forest Service aircraft reported a crash site around 1.6 miles into Valley County just before noon on Monday. The pilot said there was a small fire at the crash site and that there did not appear to be any survivors.
“The location of the crash is a steep hillside that is a designated wilderness area,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement. “Valley County Sheriff’s Office personnel contacted several partners equipped with air assets to retrieve the remains. Idaho Air National Guard allocated a hoist-equipped Blackhawk helicopter and crew to assist deputies in the recovery.”
Valley County deputies and Idaho Air National Guard arrived at the crash scene Tuesday and retrieved the victims’ corpses. The Humphreys were the only people on the plane.
Afather and son died in a plane crash in a designated wilderness area in Valley County, Idaho, on Monday, according to local authorities.
NTSB investigating the crash of a Piper PA-22 in Challis, Idaho. The airplane went missing on 6/26/2022 and was located on 6/28/2022.
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The Valley County Sheriff’s Office received a call on June 27 from the Idaho Division of Aeronautics about an “overdue” aircraft that had been expected to arrive at Johnson Creek Airstrip the night before. Dispatchers then learned that the single-engine PA-20 plane had taken off from the Lower Loon Airstrip on June 26 and never arrived at its destination, according to a statement from the sheriff’s office posted on Facebook.
Forest service officials “reported they located a crash site” around 11:45 a.m. on Monday that included a small fire at the scene where “there did not appear to be any survivors,” the sheriff’s office stated, who added that “the location of the crash is a steep hillside that is a designated wilderness area.