Ravalli County Coverage

Jun 8, 2012 9:42 PM by Jill Valley - KPAX News

Pilot unhurt in plane crash on Highway 93 near Hamilton

HAMILTON- A single-engine airplane crash-landed on Highway 93 late Friday afternoon after going through unexpected weather, but the pilot was unhurt according to Ravalli County Sheriff Chris Hoffman.

The pilot told deputies he had just refueled in Hamilton and was flying south when weather pushed him into a side canyon. He tried to bank out, but couldn't and slid across Highway 93 and slammed into a barrow pit near the top of Lost Trail Pass.

(photo courtesy Chuck Garber of Corvallis)

The Federal Aviation Administration will investigate the landing and Hoffman said there were no witnesses, and he believes the pilot was from out-of-state.

On May 17th, another pilot had to make an emergency landing on West Fork Road south of Hamilton, when the plane hit windy weather and was low on fuel. It landed safely.

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