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LYNDEN, Wash. -- Crews began searching Sunday for a small plane with three people on board that never arrived at its planned destination.

According to WSDOT officials, the plane left western Montana around 4 p.m. Saturday and was scheduled to arrive in Lynden at 7 p.m.

Family member called for help after the plane did not arrive in Lynden.

Officials said the last cell phone signal from one of the people on the plane was detected around 11 p.m. near Omak, Washington.

Volunteers from the Civil Air Patrol and Washington Air Search and Rescue are assisting WSDOT Aviation Emergency Services. They are searching south of Mt. Baker along the plane's intended flight path.

The plane is described as a red and white Beech 35 aircraft.

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