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Downed Aircraft West of Lolo Pass; Pilot Dead

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One person is dead after a plane crashes west of Lolo Pass.

Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton says his office and Montana Aeronautics received an emergency call from the pilot of a small, high-altitude aircraft, saying he had oil on his windshield and he didn't think he would make it to his destination of Helena.

Helicopter search crews quickly located the crashed airplane near Blacklead Mountain, in the Clearwater National Forest, Idaho. A Two Bear Air Helicopter, which is based out of Flathead County and was on stand by in the Hamilton area, was able to spot the wreckage.

Ground crews on the scene confirmed there was one fatality and no one else on board. The Two Bear Air helicopter was unable to land near the crash site but used their hoist to lower a medic to the ground. They were then able to confirm that the pilot was deceased.

The pilot of the aircraft has been identified as Milon Meyer, 72, from Richland, WA. He was traveling from Richland, WA to Oskosh, WI for the EAA Convention. The plane was a LancAir Legacy, 2 seat aircraft.

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