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Pilot walks away after small plane crashes in the Missouri River

Posted at 5:13 PM, Jan 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-17 11:38:23-05

TOWNSEND – A pilot who crashed his plane this afternoon into the Missouri River outside Townsend walked away with no injuries.

Broadwater County Sheriff Wynn Meehan says they received reports of the crash around 4 p.m. on Wednesday and when officials arrived they discovered the plane was upside down on a sandbar in the river.

“And all it was is — he was trying to land on that gravel bar down there, and he basically hit the soft sand, and sunk, and tipped him over on top,” Sheriff Meehan said. “For the most part the plane’s really not in that bad of shape.”

Sheriff Meehan says that after the crash the man was actually able to call his brother to come and pick him up in a different plane. He told MTN News it was something he hasn’t seen before.

This is the second plane crash to happen in the area in just 14 days. Sheriff Meehan says they happened just about a mile away from each other — both on the Missouri River.

(1.16.19 report)

HELENA – Broadwater Co. Sheriff Wynn Meehan says the pilot of a plane that crashed into the Missouri River outside Townsend was not injured.

According to the sheriff, crews are staging in the River Road area.

Reports of the crash came in around 4 p.m. and Sheriff Meehan says the plane is upside down on a sandbar in the river.

MTN has a reporter on their way to the scene and will update you when more information is available.

 — Story by Eric Jochim – MTN News