At 5:15 a.m. today, “a small airplane... crashed while crop dusting near Turner, MT,” according to Federal Aviation Administration regional Communications and Media Relations Manager Allen Kenintzer said Tuesday morning.
According to Kenintzer, the plane was only occupied by the pilot, and FAA investigators were heading to northern Blaine County.
Blaine County Commissioner and Public Affairs Officer Vic Miller said that he heard the news around 8:30 a.m., headed to the scene, where Turner and Hogelund Fire Departments and emergency responders were on the scene.
While Miller knew the pilot, he said he was waiting on Acting Coroner and Blaine County Undersheriff Pat Pyette to release the name before making specific comment, though he did offer condolences.
“This is quite a shock to the entire community,” Miller said. “Whenever you have something like this happen, our hearts and prayers go out to the family.”
According to The Associated Press, the pilot’s body was taken to Missoula, to a state crime lab, and the incident was being looked into by both the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board.