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Micron's CEO Dies in Plane Crash Friday Morning

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Micron's CEO was killed Friday morning while trying to land his plane at the Boise airport.

In a short statement from Micron Technology, the company announced that 51-year-old Chairman and CEO Steve Appleton passed away Friday morning in a small plane accident in Boise.

"Our hearts go out to his wife, Dalynn, his children and his family during this tragic time," the company said. "Steve's passion and energy left an indelible mark on Micron, the Idaho community and the technology industry at large."

Additional reports claim that Appleton, a professional stunt plane pilot and former motocross racer, was the only one in the plane -- an experimental fixed wing single engine Lancair -- when it crashed at the Boise airport. Ada County dispatch in southwestern Idaho said it received reports that the plane was actually on fire even before it attempted to land.

"I'd like to turn back in... and land. Coming back in," Appleton said to air traffic controllers before he went down.

Appleton crashed once before back on July 8, 2004. According to reports, Appleton sustained a punctured lung, head injuries, ruptured disk and broken bones after his stunt plane crashed in the desert just east of Boise. Even more, he didn't immediately reveal the severity of his injuries, leading to an investigation in 2006.

"My description of myself, whether I'm the CEO of a very competitive industry or whether I happen to fly aerobatics in airplanes, it's all one package," he said at the time. "I mean, it's the personality that comes through in my business at my personal life."

Appleton joined Micron back in 1983 after graduating from Boise State University with a BA in Business Management in 1982. He became chairman and CEO in 1994. According to his profile, one of his passions was participating in adventure sports. He also owned more than 20 airplanes.

Trading in Micron shares on the NYSE has been halted as of this report, and so far there's no indication that trading will resume today. Shares were reportedly up 23 cents at $7.95 before the announcement was made on Friday afternoon. Over the past year, shares have traded between $3.97 and $11.95.

Micron said it will release additional information later on Friday.

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    lashabane , February 3, 2012 8:15 PM
    At least he died doing something he loved.

    RIP
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    hpdeskjet , February 3, 2012 8:09 PM
    :( 
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    just-be-cause , February 3, 2012 9:03 PM
    __-_-_-__thousands of people die of hunger everyday and no one cares. a CEO that has a private jet dies and it's all over the news.

    No one said anything about not caring about anyone else who dies for any reason. This article is about this man's death because it's relvant to many other's lives and financial well being. His death is just as sad as all of the others, so that part is also included to be respectful while reporting the news that they will need to get a new CEO.
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    hpdeskjet , February 3, 2012 8:09 PM
    :( 
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    lashabane , February 3, 2012 8:15 PM
    At least he died doing something he loved.

    RIP
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    DEVILVSANGEL00 , February 3, 2012 8:18 PM
    Have to say u was a brave brave man and lived ur life to the full and can tell just from reading this

    R.I.P Steve Appleton
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    Anonymous , February 3, 2012 8:24 PM
    This is sad news. We should all stop and take a moment to pray for his friends and family whom he left behind.

    Rest in peace, Steve.
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    just-be-cause , February 3, 2012 9:03 PM
    __-_-_-__thousands of people die of hunger everyday and no one cares. a CEO that has a private jet dies and it's all over the news.

    No one said anything about not caring about anyone else who dies for any reason. This article is about this man's death because it's relvant to many other's lives and financial well being. His death is just as sad as all of the others, so that part is also included to be respectful while reporting the news that they will need to get a new CEO.
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    gokanis , February 3, 2012 9:12 PM
    RIP brother, thanks for the memories......
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    CKKwan , February 3, 2012 9:23 PM
    Sad news. Small planes are really not safe for travelling...
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    Pawessum16 , February 3, 2012 10:02 PM
    CKKwanSad news. Small planes are really not safe for travelling...

    More like small kit planes are not safe for travelling. Key word "KIT". It's not the same as a factory made Cessna or Piper. Kit planes don't get as stringent safety regulations because their categorized as experimental by the FAA. Add in the fact that those Lancair's have some of the worse safety records, and you're playing with fire. For the vast majority of private planes, your only as safe as your pilot.
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    sarcasm , February 3, 2012 10:53 PM
    RIP Mr. Appleton. Sad, we just got recent orders from their company too. Condolences goes out to his family and friends.
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    shqtth , February 3, 2012 11:30 PM
    sad news. there goes a good ceo.
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    leeashton , February 3, 2012 11:48 PM
    yes it is said, I own a glasair and sold my lancair because it was a dangerous aircraft on takeoff and landing, I have around 12000 hours on the glassair and lancair types and the lanciar should never be flown by anyone in experienced, It scares the crap out of my, the one I sold crashed 2 times on 2 years, now I own a glasair MUCH safer airplane.
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    lang15 , February 4, 2012 1:10 AM
    Hope my Crucial m4 SSD doesn't crash like that...
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    Phillip , February 4, 2012 2:47 AM
    leeashtonyes it is said, I own a glasair and sold my lancair because it was a dangerous aircraft on takeoff and landing, I have around 12000 hours on the glassair and lancair types and the lanciar should never be flown by anyone in experienced, It scares the crap out of my, the one I sold crashed 2 times on 2 years, now I own a glasair MUCH safer airplane.



    12,000 hours in Glassairs and Lancairs? Twelve thousand hours??? I have a bridge for sale. :-)
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    Anonymous , February 4, 2012 3:52 AM
    lang15Hope my Crucial m4 SSD doesn't crash like that...


    no it probably won't but that gallows humor comment will since tom's is removing them.

    seriously, get over it toms, thumbs down to you.
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    lang15 , February 4, 2012 3:55 AM
    looniamno it probably won't but that gallows humor comment will since tom's is removing them.seriously, get over it toms, thumbs down to you.


    :) 
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    Dacatak , February 4, 2012 5:15 AM
    Steve seems to be a common name for prominent people in the tech industry...

    ...also sad news.
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    albert001 , February 4, 2012 9:34 PM
    So crazy. I know his father through the food manufacturing industry. Even stayed at top end house he owned in Maui at one time. Saddened for his family.
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    house70 , February 5, 2012 1:45 AM
    RIP.
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    ericburnby , February 5, 2012 4:28 AM
    News like this pisses me off. I used to engage in all sorts of risky activities when I was younger (flying ultralights was one). Now that I'm married and have a family I've given up on them simply because I don't want to leave them without a husband/father.

    People say he died doing what he loved. Did he love taking risks more than he loved his family?
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