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Dec 8, 2013 4:28 PM by Brenda Bassett - KPAX News

Family not giving up hope in finding missing MT bound plane

MISSOULA - Family members of the five passengers onboard a small aircraft - which is believed to have crashed in the Idaho wilderness - are still holding out hope their loved ones are still alive.

Search efforts continue in Valley County, Idaho after the plane reported engine trouble near the small town of Yellow Pine last weekend.

A faint emergency locator transmitter signal thought to be picked up turned out to be misleading due to the mountainous terrain, and the teams are continuing to expand their search.

Five people were on board - including a couple from BYU-Idaho, Jonathan Norton, and his fiancée Amber Smith - who planned to wed early next month.

We talked to Norton's uncle on Saturday, and he told us the search is far from over.

"The efforts are still moving forward, you know this isn't dying down. And we as a family are definitely banded together to make sure we are able to find them and bring them home. We're not giving up and nobody is close to thinking this is over from our perspective," Brad Norton said.

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