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Toxicology tests are planned on the body of a 21-year-old commercial pilot who died after his backcountry aircraft crashed within Craters of the Moon National Monument in south-central Idaho.

Blaine County Coroner Russ Mikel says Neil MacNichol of McCall died of blunt force trauma in the crash on Thursday.

Authorities say MacNichol was flying from Moab, Utah, to Stanley, Idaho, when he disappeared. The wreckage was found on Friday on a portion of the monument managed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

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Federal investigators say the likely causes of an airplane crash that killed Micron CEO Steve Appleton in 2012 are a reduction in engine power during takeoff and Appleton's ill-fated decision to turn around rather than make an emergency landing.

The National Transportation Safety Board in a report released Monday said fire damage made it impossible to know if the engine power reduction was mechanical or a decision by Appleton.

The report says Appleton shouldn't have attempted a second takeoff with a "known problem" after aborting an earlier takeoff minutes earlier.

Federal investigators have concluded that the crash of a small plane in the mountains of Idaho that killed a San Jose man and four members of his family was caused by icing conditions that led to engine failure.

The San Francisco Chronicle cites a National Transportation Safety Board report that says the single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza piloted by Dale Smith was not suited for the blustery conditions.

Investigators could not determine whether Smith had obtained weather information before the flight.

Federal investigators say they found no evidence of any mechanical malfunctions in an experimental airplane before a 2012 crash that killed Micron CEO Steve Appleton.

The National Transportation Safety Board also reported Tuesday that Appleton didn't take specialized training before crashing while taking off from the airport in Boise, where Micron is based.

The agency's report doesn't say what caused the crash that killed the head of the memory chip company.

It was unclear when the agency will release a final probable cause report.

Authorities have released the name of a Colorado pilot killed in a midair collision involving two small private planes in central Idaho.

Valley County Coroner Nathan Hess on Thursday told the Idaho Statesman that 45-year-old Michael A. Bond died in the Monday morning crash about 30 miles east of Cascade.

Authorities say 52-year-old Amy Hoover of Ellensburg, Washington, landed her plane in a grassy area after the collision.

The plane carrying Bond crashed and caused a small fire. Both pilots were flying alone.

Landmark Airstrip, McCall
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This story was updated July 8 at 12 p.m.

The surviving pilot of a deadly midair collision involving two small private planes in central Idaho is an aviation professor at Central Washington University.

Authorities say 52-year-old Amy Hoover of Ellensburg, Washington, landed her plane in a grassy area after the Monday morning collision about 30 miles east of Cascade. The other plane crashed and caused a small fire.

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Idaho National Guard

The bodies of all five victims of a December plane crash have been recovered from the mountains of central Idaho.

Valley County Coroner Nathan Hess tells the Idaho Statesman that the last of the victims was recovered Wednesday afternoon.

The wreckage from the Dec. 1 crash was located Friday by Dellon Smith, the brother of 51-year-old pilot and software executive Dale Smith of San Jose, Calif.

Crews worked Tuesday and Wednesday to recover the bodies.

Missing California Airplane Found Near McCall, Idaho

Jan 10, 2014
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Idaho Department of Transportation

The Valley County, Idaho Sheriff's Department says a single-engine airplane that's been missing since December has been found near McCall. Lt. Dan Smith says it appears none of the five people aboard the Beech Bonanza aircraft survived.

On Dec. 1, 51-year-old California software executive Dale Smith departed from eastern Oregon with four family members en route to Butte, Mont. The Associated Press wrote in December that Smith reported engine trouble during his flight and asked for coordinates for the Yellow Pine air strip in Idaho's backcountry.

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Idaho Department of Transportation

Efforts to find a missing airplane in Idaho’s central mountains have been suspended. The Idaho Division of Aeronautics, which is in charge of the search, made the decision Thursday.

On Dec. 1, five people on board a Beech Bonanza left the Baker City, Ore., airport headed for Butte, Mont. Shortly before noon on Dec. 1, the plane vanished from radar near the Johnson Creek Airstrip, 50 miles northeast of Cascade. Search efforts started the same day, but poor visibility, snow and freezing temperatures have made the search challenging.

Photo courtesy of Stan Dammel

The Navy has identified the three aviators who died in a military jet crash Monday in eastern Washington.  

The fiery crash 50 miles west of Spokane killed all three crew members on board.

Pilot Valerie Delaney of Maryland was 26 years old.

Naval flight officer William McIlvaine of Texas was 24.

And Alan Patterson from Tennessee, also a naval flight officer, was 34.