Pilot killed in plane crash near Montana-Idaho border


MISSOULA, Mont. - One person is dead after a small plane crashed near the Montana-Idaho border.

Crews on the scene confirm the pilot was killed in the crash and there were no others on board the plane.

The pilot was identified Monday evening as Milon Meyer, 72, of Richland, Washington.

Meyer's bio says he worked with a consulting firm in the Tri Cities in Washington state where he specialized in "solving engineering problems for operating nuclear power plants, turbomachinery , aircraft, and related structures."

Initial reports indicate he was heading to a convention in Wisconsin.

Monday, a helicopter from Flathead County that was already in the area was able to locate the missing plane. It was reportedly spotted near the Black Lead area, which is northwest of Lolo Pass.

A medic was lowered by the helicopter and was able to confirm that the pilot had died.

Clearwater County sheriff's deputies and search and rescue workers are securing the scene, pending the arrival of crash investigators from the FAA.

First reports of trouble came in near Helena, where the plane attempted to make contact.

"The aircraft reporting the problem said they had oil on the windshield and were unsure if they could make Helena," said Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the airplane was a single-engine, homebuilt Lancair Legacy flying from Richland, Washington, to Oshkosh, Wisconsin, for a convention.