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Officials: Wind causes plane crash near Lincoln

Posted at 8:47 PM, Jun 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-01 09:33:24-04

HELENA – A small plane crashed at the Lincoln airport on Sunday morning.

Lincoln Volunteer Fire Chief Zach Muse said it appears the pilot was attempting to land at around 11:45 a.m. when a gust of wind came up behind his plane.

The plane turned over and bounced several times, eventually ending up lying on its top just off the runway.

Lincoln Volunteer Ambulance responders said the pilot and passenger were both up and walking around when emergency crews arrived.

Lincoln Plane Crash
A small plane crashed at the Lincoln airport on 6.30.19. (photo credit: Zach Muse, Lincoln Volunteer Fire Rescue)

Muse said the pilot received very minor injuries, and neither man needed medical attention. However, the plane was a total loss.

Muse said both men were residents of Nevada, but the pilot also has a residence in the Ovando area. He said they had been flying around the Lincoln and Deer Lodge areas.

Muse said he has talked to the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board, and that they agree the crash was likely an accident.

-Jonathon Ambarian reporting for MTN News