A U.S. Forest Service helicopter, stationed out of Powell Junction in remote Idaho County, assisted in the search for a downed plane in the Bitterroot Mountains. By the time rescuers found the wreckage Monday afternoon, the pilot of the small plane was dead. The plane was ultimately discovered on Blacklead Mountain, eight miles due west of Lolo Pass, near the Montana Border.
Paramedicis were hoisted down to the wreckage. That's where they confirmed that the pilot had been killed in the crash. The name of the pilot will be released once he is positively identified.
The Federal Aviation Administration will be on the scene today to investigate the incident. The pilot had reportedly contacted another airplane Monday morning and said that there had been some oil on his windshield.
Just six weeks ago, another plane crashed in the Bitterroots near the Idaho-Montana border, killing the pilot.