Small airplane crashes in north-central Idaho, pilot dies

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OROFINO, Idaho — A small, home-built airplane has crashed in the Clearwater National Forest near the Idaho-Montana border, killing the pilot.

The Clearwater County sheriff's office says a crew with Two Bear Air Helicopter of Whitefish, Montana, spotted the wreckage Monday west of Lolo Pass. The sheriff's office identified the pilot as 72-year-old Milon Meyer, of Richland, Washington. No one else was on board.

The pilot contacted another airplane Monday morning and reported there was oil on the plane's windshield. Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton says the pilot was unsure if the plane would make it to its next planned stop in Helena, Montana.

The Federal Aviation Administration says the airplane was a single-engine LancAir Legacy traveling from Richland, Washington, to Baker, Montana. Meyer was headed to Wisconsin for a convention.

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