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Idaho Officials Suspend Search for Missing Airplane

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KLIX)- The search for a missing plane in Idaho’s central mountains has been officially suspended. The Idaho Transportation Department says air and ground search teams called off the search for the airplane Thursday. The search had been scaled back on Friday while family continued to search for the missing plane with five on board.

“We reluctantly suspended the search because of worsening conditions and concern for the safety of our search teams,” explained Mike Pape, administrator of the Idaho Transportation Department’s Division of Aeronautics. “We are prepared to resume the search if there is specific, credible information about the plane’s location. Our decision to suspend the formal search was not easy to make and came only after all of our other options had diminished. Our hearts go out to family members and friends as they await word about their love ones.”

Aboard the missing airplane were the pilot, Dale Smith; along with son Daniel Smith and his wife, Sheree Smith; and daughter Amber Smith with her fiancé, Jonathon Norton, who grew up in Salt Lake City.

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