Date:07.02.2017, 15:31 Officials suspended the official search for the aircraft in mid-December, but an intensive hunt by family, friends and a large online community scouring satellite and other photos helped locate the badly damaged aircraft Friday. Dale Smith had reported engine trouble and radioed for coordinates to possible landing sites, including a grass-covered backcountry landing strip. Shortly after, controllers lost radio and radar contact. Janis Smith said it appeared the plane crashed moments after the last communication. Brother describes finding sibling's plane wreckage in Idaho. By Keith Ridler, AP writer BOISE, Idaho (AP) - When Dellon Smith spotted the wreckage of his older brother's airplane on the side of a central Idaho mountain, he started running. At one point, hundreds of online volunteers were pitching in. "Every single one of them made a difference Dellon Smith said. On Friday, he spoke with Dale Smith's wife, Janis, and told her he found the wreckage. He said the team looked for bodies but determined that a professional crew would need to clear the snow to find them. The team focused on the site after a pilot thought he spotted reflecting metal and the online searchers began studying landscape photos of that area, Janis Smith said.