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Searchers find downed airplane in southwestern Montana
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Searchers find downed airplane in southwestern Montana

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BOZEMAN — Officials in southwestern Montana have located a small airplane after a passenger called Thursday morning and reported it had crashed, Madison County officials said.

A twin-engine Cessna 377 Skymaster with three passengers was traveling from Helena to Jackson, Wyoming, when it went down in mountainous terrain, said Allen Kenitzer, spokesperson for the Federal Aviation Administration.

The plane was located Thursday afternoon and searchers were working to get to the scene to make an assessment, Madison County Sheriff Phil Fortner told NBC Montana. It was not immediately clear where the plane was located.

Crews had been searching in the Madison Range between Ennis Lake and Big Sky.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash.

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Kristine de Leon is a reporter for the Montana Standard, her focus in on natural resource stories.

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