UPDATE: 8:58 p.m.: Broadwater County Sheriff Wynn Meehan tells MTN the hospital reports the plane’s occupants are in critical condition, with life-threatening injuries.
The survivors are male. Meehan gave no other information about the passengers.
Sheriff’s deputies initially found the crashed plane near the Hahn Ranch, two miles outside of Townsend.
Sheriff Meehan said, fortunately, the plane was only a few feet off a farm road, which allowed first responders relatively easy access.
The plane left Bozeman around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.
The Sheriff’s department reports it was a leased plane.
NorthWestern Energy is reporting a confirmed outage in the area affecting about 135 customers. The company reports power was lost around 4:30 p.m.
Broadwater County Sheriff’s Department, Townsend Fire, Toston Fire, Radersburg Fire, and Broadwater Ambulance all responded to the scene.
6:42 p.m. HELENA – Broadwater County Sheriff Wynn Meehan says a small plane crashed into a creek bank about two miles south of Townsend, between the Missouri River and Highway 287.
2 occupants were in the plane, both were conscious and speaking to authorities. Meehan said they sustained serious injuries but they are not life-threatening.
The occupants were taken by medical helicopter.
Sheriff’s officers arrived shortly after 6 p.m.
Meehan is waiting for the Federal Aviation Administration before taking any further action.
NorthWestern Energy is reporting a confirmed outage in the area affecting about 135 customers.
This is breaking news and will be updated with more information as it becomes available.