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Father, daughter killed in plane crash; teen survives

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  • U.S. businessman, daughter and pilot found dead in Panama mountains
  • Friend of the daughter survived plane crash but injured, officials say
  • Plane was last seen Sunday flying low, when it also lost contact with controllers
  • Authorities think the small single-engine Cessna ran into bad weather
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(CNN) -- The bodies of two Americans and a Panamanian pilot -- who were among four people missing after their plane disappeared in a mountainous area of Panama -- were found Christmas Day, officials in the country said.

A fourth occupant, a teenage girl, on the plane survived, said Roberto Velasquez, director of Panama's civil protection agency.

Authorities found the bodies of pilot Edwin Lasso, American businessman Michael Klein and Klein's 13-year-old daughter, Talia, about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, a statement posted on the agency's Web site said.

The survivor, Talia's 13-year-old friend Francesca Lewis, was being taken to a hospital in the town of David in Chiriqui province with various injuries and suffering from hypothermia, the statement said. It was not immediately clear if she had reached the facility.

Klein, a 37-year-old hedge fund manager, was vacationing with the two girls when they took the flight Sunday to photograph a volcano in the Chiriqui province, about 285 miles west of Panama City.

Authorities think the small single-engine Cessna ran into bad weather. Officials lost radio contact with the flight about noon Sunday.

Authorities spent the last two days searching the dense jungles and mountainous terrain, but heavy rain in the area had hampered recovery efforts.

Klein's family offered up a $25,000 reward in hopes that locals who are familiar with the area would step forward and assist in the rescue.

Klein was president and CEO of eGroups, Inc., in 1999 and 2000, when Yahoo! acquired the company, merging it with its own e-mail services and changing its name to Yahoo! Groups, which now serves more than 100 million users worldwide. E-mail to a friend E-mail to a friend

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