Plane Crash In Idaho, The survivors of a plane crash in central Idaho can prove just how close they came to death, with a seven-minute video documenting their harrowing experience, including the bloody aftermath. One passenger, Nathan Williams, told The Associated Press on Thursday that he and his friends are “just four guys who are lucky to be alive.”
Williams was filming June 30 when the small plane took off from a dirt runway headed toward the mountain resort town of McCall. His video shows the plane flying for several minutes before losing altitude and slamming into the trees below, with the pilot suffering serious injuries.
The video has drawn national attention after being posted online this week.
“It wasn’t anything we were trying to film,” said Williams, 38, of Boise. “It was a beautiful day and we were just really having fun recording what we were doing.”
Williams suffered a concussion in the plane crash and said the pilot, Les Gropp, 70, had a broken jaw, broken ribs and a fractured cheekbone. The two other passengers, Alec Arhets and Gropp’s son, Tol, escaped with cuts and bruises, Williams said.
“We all went back to work on Monday,” said Williams, a dentist. “Les was really the only one who had some lasting damage, but even he’s going to be fine.”
The Valley County Sheriff’s Department said at the time that the crash occurred late in the afternoon in the Bear Valley area and two people were transported to a hospital.