UPDATE – Two Hospitalized After Ravalli County Plane Crash
Update: 5:00 p.m. - A press release sent by the Ravalli County Sheriff's Office has verified that an injured pilot and his passenger were transported to Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital, and later to a Missoula hospital on Friday with unknown injuries after a plane crashed on the 4100 block of Highway 93 Friday morning.
Ravalli County Sheriffs Deputies, the Darby Marshal's Office, Darby Volunteer Fire Department, Montana Highway Patrol, Ravalli County Airport Manager Page Gough, and Marcus Daly Ambulance Service responded to the scene, approximately two miles south of Darby.
The names of the pilot and passenger are being withheld at this time. Sources on the ground said the pilot/owner is a Westfork resident.
The Federal Aviation Administration will be conducting the investigation to determine the cause of the crash.
Update: 3:00 p.m. - We received a call Friday afternoon from Darby Fire Chief Marc Snavely who was one of the first responders to a small plane crash early Friday morning.
"We were asked to respond to a plane crash, we got there, found out that we had to extricate two people out of a small place. We cut off doors, cut off sides of the plane, and were able to pull the two people out," Snavely said. "I'm not a paramedic or a doctor, but they didn't seem to be that bad, although you can never tell."
Snavely said one of the men appeared to have a broken ankle, but that both men were lucid and talking freely.
Update: 11:15 a.m. - We have received a call indicating that one of the occupants of the plane was a woman who suffered back injuries and that the other occupant was not severely injured. We have not yet heard back from a source on the scene though.
A team of deputies, firefighters, and ambulances has arrived at the scene of a small plane that crashed near a hunter's check station around 9 a.m. this morning, November 7.
"We've had a small plane, appear to make a forced landing south of Darby," said Ravalli County Sheriff Chris Hoffman. "Two occupants, both appear to be male adults, were transported away from the scene."
At this point, deputies are guarding the plane to keep it secure until a team from the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board can arrive to investigate. Little is known about the severity of the injuries suffered by the planes passengers, or why the plane was forced to crash.