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May 30th, 2012
08:50 AM ET

Plane crash survivors say it was 'nothing short of miracle' – the Brown family shares their story

A miraculous survival story this morning, with a family of three recovering from only minor injuries after their small plane went down in the mountains of southern Idaho.

Pilot Brian Brown, who was flying from Sacramento with his wife and daughter, was forced to crash-land into a snowy mountainside after a sudden cold front caused the plane's wings to ice over. After several hours, the family was able to locate their cell phone in the wreckage to dial 9-1-1.

The family was stranded for over 12 hours before being air-lifted from the crash site. All three have been released from the hospital, and there were no life-threatening injuries.

Brian and Jayann Brown talk with Zoraida this morning and explain how they were able to survive.

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  1. JustSwain

    As a pilot I have to say I'm not impressed. Freak weather is another way of saying he was caught unawares. I would recommend college meteorology for anyone who was intending to fly cross country over mountains. He claims he was too involved in flying the plane to radio an emergency? What were his backup fields? Was he aware of every airport on his flight path? His first indication of icing was aerodynamic stall? What sort of weather briefing did he conduct? Flying a plane should be more than checking the sky before you take off. This guy proves its better to be lucky than good.

    May 31, 2012 at 1:14 am | Reply
    • AnotherPiot

      As a pilot do agree with a lot of your assessment of this incident, however I do disagree with you about working the radio and flying the plane. I don't know what your rating are or if you have had any specialized training required by your insurance company. But if you have been through a CRM (cockpit resource management) course, one of the most important things they teach you is to forget about most everything except flying the aircraft! I can give you a list of crashes that the NTSB says happened because the pilots got focused on fixing a problem with the airplane and forgot to fly it. I can tell you that during my multi engine course I was flying an engine out IFR approach and started having problems with the aircraft. I completely forgot about trying to use the radio instead I got hyper focused on keeping the plane in the air. So I can completely understand why he would fail to use the radio even if he did have the proper training. In all honesty I did get a tongue lashing from my instructor that I will never forget for failing to declare and emergency. Remember any landing you can walk away from is a good landing, crash landing or not. And it appears from the photo of the airplane he was either supremely lucky or a skilled enough pilot to bring the airplane to rest with it mostly intact.

      May 31, 2012 at 9:06 am | Reply
    • Michele

      Observer effect as in phsiycs is not applicable here, as there, the observer is not the cause of the effect. While its the tweeting of the people that creates the the trending results at the first place.Crowd psychology seems a very apt analogy as people always have the need to stay in , and trendy .@Sanjay : Twitter is not about understanding each tweet of everyone of the people you follow. Its about choosing the ones that interest you, and ignoring the rest.

      June 20, 2012 at 2:44 am | Reply

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