Sun Prairie man aboard aircraft gone missing, officials say | News
A Sun Prairie man is among five people who disappeared along with a plane Sunday in Idaho, officials said.
A Brigham Young University-Idaho spokesman told KBOI-TV in Boise that Jonathan Norton, a BYU-Idaho student from Sun Prairie, was in a single-engine plane when it lost contact with air traffic controllers near a small mountain town called Yellow Pine.
Rescuers were searching a 4- to 5-mile area narrowed down through cell phone tower use records, the sheriff’s department in Valley County, Idaho, said.
The plane, flying from Oregon headed to Butte, Mont., was carrying Norton, his fiance Amber Smith, her father Dale, brother Daniel and sister-in-law Sheree. The plane was flown by Dale Smith, according to the Bureau of Homeland Security.
Authorities said a search aircraft detected a weak emergency locator transmitter signal Tuesday.
Dale Smith is a software maker based in Silicon Valley, Calif.