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UPDATED: Plane crash reported near Darby; 2 on board survive

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A vintage Aeronca Champ airplane crashed about 9 a.m. Friday morning just south of Darby. Both passengers survived and were transported to the hospital. The crash occurred toward the end of a grass airstrip just west of U.S. Highway 93 near the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks game check station.

DARBY – Two people were injured in the Friday morning crash of a vintage aircraft just south of Darby.

The two-seat, single-engine airplane crashed toward the end of a grass airstrip just west of U.S. Highway 93 near the site of the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks game check station.

The crash happened about 9 a.m.

The two men inside the aircraft initially were trapped and had to be extricated by members of the Darby Volunteer Fire Department and Marcus Daly Ambulance Service.

Both the injured pilot and his passenger were transported to Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital in Hamilton and later to a Missoula hospital.

Their injuries weren’t disclosed.

The aircraft’s pilot and owner is a West Fork resident. Neither his nor the passenger’s identity was provided in a news release from the Ravalli County Sheriff's Office.

The aircraft was reported to be an Aeronca Champ.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board were called and will be conducting an investigation to determine the cause of the crash.

A call to the FAA investigator Friday was not returned.

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