BOISE, ID -- Air and ground crews have suspended their search for a plane that went missing in Idaho's backcountry on December 1st with five people aboard. The Idaho Transportation Department said aircraft had been flying as late as Wednesday over rugged mountains where the single-engine Beechcraft disappeared about 150 miles north of Boise. Worsening weather conditions and safety concerns nearly two weeks after the plane vanished prompted crews to "reluctantly" halt operations Thursday.
Aboard the six-seat plane were its pilot, Dale Smith, 51, a software executive from San Jose, CA; his son and his wife; his daughter and her fiancé. They were en route from Baker City, where the family spent Thanksgiving, to Butte, MT.
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