Search Resumes in Idaho for San Jose Pilot, Family

By Lisa Fernandez, Marianne Favro and wires
|  Wednesday, Dec 4, 2013  |  Updated 6:05 PM PDT
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Kim Tere reports on the latest efforts to find a San Jose family apparently lost while flying in Idaho.

Kim Tere reports on the latest efforts to find a San Jose family apparently lost while flying in Idaho.

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San Jose Exec, Family Missing After Plane Disappears

The search resumed on Tuesday morning for a missing single-engine plane that disappeared in central Idaho with a San Jose executive and his family. Marianne Favro reports.

Crews Search for SJ Executive, Family Who Plane Disappeared

The search resumed on Tuesday morning for a missing single-engine plane that disappeared in central Idaho with San Jose executive Dale Smith and four other passengers on board. Bob Redell reports.
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More search and rescue crews joined a team scouring the central Idaho mountains for a San Jose pilot and four relatives aboard a plane that disappeared Sunday afternoon after a Thanksgiving trip in Oregon.
 
Rob Feeley of the Idaho Bureau of Homeland Security said Wednesday the search has resumed with seven aircraft and at least 18 new members of a ground party looking for the Beech Bonanza piloted by Dale Smith, a 51-year-old software executive from San Jose. Smith left  Sunday from eastern Oregon with his his daughter, her fiance, his son and wife, bound for Butte, Mont. But Smith, founder of SerialTek,  reported engine trouble and sought coordinates for a landing strip near the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness 150 miles northeast of Boise.

Smith's business partner Rand Kriech at Serial Tek said Smith was traveling with his daughter,
Amber Smith, who graduated from Santa Teresa High in San Jose; her fiancee,
Jonathan Norton of Salt Lake City; Smith's son, Daniel Smith; and Smith's daughter-in-law Sheree Smith.

MORE: Crews Searching Idaho Wilderness For SJ Exec, Family

Amber Smith and Norton are supposed to be married on Jan. 4, and a friend of Norton's sent NBC Bay Area their engagement photos that he took in October in a wheat field and on the sand dunes.
 
Family had held out hope that a faint emergency beacon that was detected might mean the five are alive. But officials told the Associated Press that pinpointing it has been difficult because it may be bouncing off the steep, densely-forested mountains. 

MORE: Small Plane Registered to San Jose Man Reported Missing in Idaho

Smith's wife, Janis Hansen Smith, is in Idaho with search crews, along with another daughter, Crystal Christensen. The couple have five children in all.

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