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Aug 16, 2011 6:00 PM by Laurel Staples (KXLF News)

MSU student identified as fatal plane crash victim

ROCKER-One of the men killed in a Monday plane crash near Rocker was a student at Montana State University.

Justin Robbe, 19, was a sophomore studying mechanical engineering at MSU. He was an honors student. He died Monday morning when the small single-engine Tomahawk plane crashed after leaving the Bert Mooney Airport in Butte.

Robbe was a valedictorian at Butte High School. According to his family, he was involved with the 4-H program for many years. He was a student pilot and had flown many times, a family member said. Robbe was the son of Clyde and Margaret Robbe of Butte.

Robbe was also a student of flight instructor Richard Johnson, 61, also of Butte, who also died in Monday's crash. Johnson is an associate professor in general engineering at Montana Tech. He was a partner in JJ Aviation.

The plane crashed one mile south-southwest of the Interstate 90 Interstate 15 interchange at around 11:25 a.m., Butte-Silver Bow Sheriff John Walsh said Monday.

The Federal Aviation Administration, National Transportation Safety Board and local authorities are investigating the cause of the crash.

We will continue to follow this story.

(Editor's Note: An earlier story listing Robbe's age as 20 was incorrect. Robbe was 19 years old.)

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