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UPDATE – Name of Pilot Released in Fatal Lost Trail Plane Crash [AUDIO]

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UPDATE – 5:00 p.m. Thursday, June 19

The name of the pilot in Tuesday’s fatal plane crash was released Thursday morning by the Ravalli County Sheriff’s Office. Undersheriff Steve Holton said the pilot was from Burnsville, Minnesota.

“The pilot has been identified as 62 year-old Michael Blume,” Holton said. “Blume was killed when the plane he was piloting crashed into the parking lot at Lost Trail Powder Mountain Ski Resort near the Montana and Idaho border. Mr. Blume was the sole occupant of the aircraft, and no one else was injured in the crash.”

Holton said Blume’s flight plan had him landing in Hamilton.

“The aircraft left Dillon, Montana and also made a stop in Salmon, Idaho prior to this incident,” Holton said. “Personnel from the NTSB and the FAA are investigating the cause of the crash.”

Ravalli County Undersheriff Steve Holton

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A small plane crashed and burned at Lost Trail Pass yesterday about 5:30 p.m.

The twin-engine plane crashed in the Lost Trail Ski Area parking lot, north of the ski lodge. Witnesses said the blaze almost immediately consumed the plane, leaving deputies unsure of how many people were aboard. As of last evening, it had not been determined who owned the plane, where it was coming from or who was on board.

Federal aviation investigators are expected at the scene today. No other details were available.

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