Saturday, January 11, 2014

Family Finds Wreckage of Missing Plane East of McCall

Posted By on Sat, Jan 11, 2014 at 10:00 AM

The wreckage of a small plane that vanished in the Idaho mountains has been found in the backcountry of Valley County. There were no survivors. The effort to recover the bodies has been delayed due to another winter storm that has swept through the area.

The plane went missing Dec. 1 when Silicon Valley executive Dale Smith piloted himself and four family members on a trip from Oregon to Montana. The plane disappeared east of McCall after Smith reported engine trouble. The search had numerous stops and starts due to inclement weather, and an official search was called off Dec. 12. A primarily-volunteer search continued and on Friday, Smith's family members posted on Facebook that they had spotted the wreckage.

Smith's wife Janis thanked searchers and wrote, "I am so grateful that Dellon (Smith's brother) was the one who found his brother. The plane is in pieces and buried in snow. They have not yet found all the parts. However, we do know my family members on the plane died quickly and painlessly. They did not suffer."

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