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Jun 18, 2014 12:53 PM by Dennis Bragg - MTN News

One believed dead in Lost Trail plane crash

(LOST TRAIL PASS)- Authorities are still checking the wreckage, but now believe one person died when a float plane crashed and burned at the summit of Lost Trail Pass Tuesday.

The crashed happened around 5:30 p.m. in a parking lot of the pass, which straddles the Montana-Idaho border.

The plane, now identified as a Grumman G-21 A Goose, went out of control and crashed into the Lost Trail ski area parking lot, slammed into the ground and burst into flames.

Ravalli County Undersheriff Steve Holton tells MTN the plane was destroyed, making it impossible to read the registration numbers on the tail or tell how many people had been on board. It's now thought only the pilot died but investigators are working to confirm that conclusion.

The identity of the pilot hasn't been released.

Investigators with the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are on scene this morning collecting evidence that may help determine the cause of the crash.

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