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Preliminary Report Issued in Hungry Horse Crash

By Beacon Staff

HELENA – The National Transportation Safety Board has issued its preliminary report on the crash of a single-engine airplane onto the ice of Hungry Horse Reservoir.

The April 1 crash killed Whitefish veterinarian Hugh Rogers on his 50th birthday.

The NTSB says the airplane took off from Glacier Park International Airport at 4:02 p.m., climbed to an altitude of 4,500 feet and three miles away from the airport made a 360-degree left turn. The plane continued to climb to 5,100 feet. The last radar return was received at 4:08 p.m. about a mile west of the town of Hungry Horse.

The plane crashed onto Hungry Horse Reservoir, about 26 miles southeast of the last radar return. The report says the plane was destroyed by the impact.

The NTSB report does not list a cause of the crash.