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Silicon Valley exec and family found dead in missing plane in Idaho

Published on Jan 11, 2014 3:22 PM

SALMON, Idaho (REUTERS) - Searchers combing snowbound mountains in Idaho on Friday found the wreckage of a plane that crashed in early December, killing the pilot, a Silicon Valley software executive, his two adult children and their partners, a family member said.

Mr Dale Smith, co-founder and chief executive of data storage firm SerialTek, had been taking his family home in the 1980s-model Beechcraft Bonanza on Dec 1 after spending Thanksgiving in Oregon, company co-founder Rand Kriech said.

Mr Smith complained of engine trouble and then lost contact with air traffic controllers on the flight to Butte, Montana with his son Daniel, daughter-in-law Sheree, daughter Amber and her fiancé Jonathan Norton, who were to be married on Jan 4.

"I was told by family members they did not suffer. That leads me to believe they died on impact," Mr Norton's uncle Brad Norton said.

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