Pilot rescued after two days trapped in wrecked plane
A private pilot who was trapped upside-down in the wreckage of his crashed plane for two days is in fair condition at an Idaho hospital. Monday, Paul Herr had radioed that he was experiencing engine problems as he flew his single-engine Piper 180 over north-central Idaho during the final leg of a family trip. He was directed to an airstrip 20 miles away, but he never arrived. Search crews set out Monday, but rainstorms hindered their efforts. Police say they were able spot the wreckage yesterday in a canyon in a rugged area in the Clearwater National Forest. Rescue crews had to rappel down from a helicopter, and needed chainsaws to cut a landing strip. An Idaho transportation official says searchers "seldom find survivors" when small planes crash into such rugged terrain.
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