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Sun Prairie man among five missing after plane disappeared

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SUN PRAIRIE (WKOW) -- A Sun Prairie man is among five people who are still missing after their plane disappeared in Idaho.

Jonathan Norton of Sun Prairie was on board the plane with his fiancee, Amber Smith, her father, Dale, her brother, Daniel, and his wife, Sheree. All five are still missing.

Norton's mom tells 27 News he graduated from Sun Prairie High School in 2007. The 24-year-old and Smith are now students at Brigham Young University-Idaho. They plan to get married January 4. Norton's mom says Jonathan proposed in October.

"They are deeply in love," Alan Dayton, Norton's uncle, said. "I got my wedding announcement a couple of days ago."

After celebrating Thanksgiving with his fiancee's family in San Jose, California, Norton joined her family for the plane trip to Butte, Montana Sunday.

The last leg of their trip started in Baker City, Oregon and was supposed to take them over the Continental Divide to Butte. But near Yellow Pine, Idaho, Dale Smith, the pilot, radioed he was having engine trouble and wanted to land at a nearby airport.

The single engine plane never made it. Now, search and rescue crews have been scouring the mountains of central Idaho. 

Norton's family members say Dale Smith, the CEO of a Silicon Valley tech firm, is an expert pilot.

"All of the words that I've heard describe Dale are the kind of words that you would want to describe a pilot of a small aircraft; competent, conservative, meticulous," Dayton said.

Dayton said the number one concern the family has is that if they all survived they are dealing with the bitter cold temperatures.

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