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Airplane that Crashed Near Idaho Boarder was Antique

Benito Baeza

SULA, Mont. (AP) — Officials say an airplane that crashed near a western Montana ski area, killing its pilot, was an antique that was being flown to Montana from Florida.

Ravalli County Undersheriff Steve Holton says the twin-engine Grumman G-21 Goose amphibious plane had been flown from Florida to Minnesota before 62-year-old Michael Blume of Burnsville, Minnesota, took over to bring it to Hamilton. The plane crashed and caught fire Tuesday in the parking lot of the Lost Trail ski area lodge near the Montana-Idaho border.

National Transportation Safety Board investigator Larry Lewis said the airplane appeared to come straight down into the ground and there was no evidence the pilot had tried to land. Holton says the plane made stops in Dillon, Montana and Salmon, Idaho before the crash.

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