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By Becky Bratu, Staff Writer, NBC News

The wreckage of a six-seat single-engine plane that disappeared from radar in a mountainous area of Idaho shortly after its pilot radioed air traffic controllers about engine trouble on Dec. 1 was found Friday, officials said.

“There appears to be no survivors at this time. Due to weather conditions and a severe storm moving in recovery efforts may be delayed,” Lt. Dan Smith of the Valley County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

The pilot of the missing 1980s-model Beechcraft Bonanza plane was Dale Smith, a Silicon Valley executive. Also on board were his son, Daniel Smith and his wife, Sheree Smith; and daughter Amber Smith with her fiance, Jonathon Norton.

Authorities had suspended the search for the aircraft in mid-December.

Before disappearing from radar, Dale Smith reported engine trouble and sought information about a strip where he hoped he could land safely.

The Idaho Statesman newspaper said Dale Smith’s wife Janis thanked searchers via a Facebook page and wrote that the plane was found “less than two hours before they needed to wrap up the search for the foreseeable future,” according to NBC Bay Area.