Mar 20, 2011 5:42 PM by KXLF Newsroom
These aerial images were taken of the wreckage of a Saturday afternoon plane crash that took the life of NorthWestern Energy Vice President of Wholesale Operations, Dave Gates.
The crash took the life of Dave Gates, 54 years, of Butte, according to his widow, Lorrie Gates.
Butte-Silver Bow Sheriff John Walsh says the Cessna 310 with only the pilot aboard went down around 4 p.m. Saturday north of Interstate 90. Resident and KXLF News Anchor, Laurel Staples, heard the crash from her home on Caledonia Street and alerted authorities at 4:05 p.m. Authorities located the wreakage at 7:15 p.m. about 2 miles west of Montana Tech. The pilot was pronounced dead at the scene. Officials say the plane left Great Falls en route for Butte around 3:20 p.m.
The cause of the crash is being investigated. The pilot was the only person on board, according to officials.
Along with his wife, Lorrie, Gates leaves behind two adult children, Jessi Gates Brock and Dustin Gates of Missoula.