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UPDATE: Sheriff says missing plane crashed with 'violent impact'

2010-06-01T15:30:00Z UPDATE: Sheriff says missing plane crashed with 'violent impact'By ANGELA BRANDT Independent Record Helena Independent Record

Authorities on Tuesday afternoon located a plane that went missing over the holiday weekend.

Crews are working to reach the plane and locate the two men who were aboard it, according to Powell County Sheriff Scott Howard.

The plane was located about seven miles west of Lincoln near Huckleberry Pass.

Howard said the plane crashed with a violent impact in rough terrain.

The men, 60 and 70, were aboard a twin-engine Piper Seneca when the pilot radioed that he was having engine trouble at 9:23 a.m. Sunday. A few minutes later, the pilot reported that he had hit a tree and the plane's radio signal was lost.

The men's names have not been released.

Lewis and Clark Search and Rescue crews were working alongside a Blackhawk helicopter from Malmstrom Air Force Base to reach the plane. A crew will rappel from the helicopter down to the plane while a ground crew will go to the site on foot, Howard said.

The plane was located in snow and heavy timber by a Montana Civil Air Patrol aircraft at about 2:15 p.m., according to Maj. Karen Semple.

Check back later and see Wednesday's Independent Record for more details.

 

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