RAVALLI COUNTY -
A twin-engine airplane plane crashed and caught fire in the parking lot of a western Montana ski area, killing the pilot.
Ravalli County Sheriff Chris Hoffman says the crash happened at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday just north of the ski lodge at the Lost Trial ski area near the Montana-Idaho border.
Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer says preliminary information indicates the plane was a Grumman G-21A with only the pilot on board.
Officials in Ravalli County did not know Tuesday night who owned the plane or where it was coming from.
One witness said the plane appeared to be spinning in the air before it came down flat in the parking lot and was destroyed by the fire.
National Transportation Safety Board and FAA officials were to investigate. A small, twin-engine plane crashed in the parking lot of Lost Trail Powder Mountain Tuesday evening, according to Ravalli County Sheriff's officials.
Undersheriff' Steve Holton said no one survived. He said two witnesses reported seeing a plane crash, and burst into flames about 5:35 p.m. Holton said when officials got to the scene, the plane was unrecognizable. Ravalli County Sheriff's Officials, Sula volunteer firefighters and emergency responders with Marcus Daily Hospital responded to the crash. Crews are working with the Ravalli County Airport to identify the plane, and any passengers that were on it.
Investigators with the Federal Aviation Administration are also on their way to investigate.
ABC FOX Montana will update you as we get information.
Friday, June 23 2017 1:13 PM EDT2017-06-23 17:13:45 GMT
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