According to UnderSheriff Jason Johnson of the Missoula County Sheriff's Office, at approximately 3:00 pm this afternoon (8/28/16) deputies responded with Rural Fire and Highway Patrol to a small single engine plane that crashed near the Rock Creek exit of Interstate 90.
The incident required at least one lane of eastbound traffic to be closed while first responders worked the scene. Sadly, the two occupants of the plane did not survive the crash.
The identity of the occupants will not be released until proper notification to family has been provided. The crash investigation will be conducted by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).
The sheriff’s office will conduct coroner duties related to this incident but all other information will need to be obtained from the NTSB investigators.
Undersheriff Jason Johnson expressed the departments mind set when he stated, "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families involved. "
According to two witnesses, they are friends of the pilot and passenger that were in the plane. Both witnesses were waiting for the two at the landing-strip.
The plane suddenly lost altitude rapidly and was out of control. Not enough air space was between the ground and the plane to give time for the plane to regain control before it crashed into the ground.
Missoula County Sheriff Department will be on the scene keeping by standers away so that the National Transportation Safety Board has time to get to the crash scene to complete their investigation.
Both Pilot and passenger were pronounced deceased at the scene of the crash. Both died from the impact of the crash.