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[December 03, 2013]

Search resumes in Idaho for plane, passengers

(Associated Press Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A search by air and on ground has resumed for a small plane piloted by a founder of a California software company that disappeared two days ago in the central Idaho backcountry.

The single-engine Beech Bonanza piloted by Dale Smith lost contact with air traffic controllers Sunday near the tiny mountain town of Yellow Pine.

An executive with SerialTek, the San Jose, Calif., company Smith co-founded in 2007, said Smith was flying from Baker City, Ore., to Butte, Mont. Passengers on the plane included Smith's son and daughter-in-law, Smith's daughter and her fiancee.

For now, the search is focused on an area near a backcountry airstrip just outside the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness.

SerialTek co-founder Rand Kriech says Smith was an experienced pilot.

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