Two dead in small plane crash in West Valley

Multiple Flathead County emergency agencies responded to a fatal plane crash in the West Valley Saturday morning.

A small single-engine plane crashed on Church Drive property between West Valley Drive and Farm to Market Road with two people on board. Debris was strewn across farmland on the south side of Church Drive. Part of the yellow plane’s wing came to rest on Church Drive.

West Valley Volunteer Fire Department Chief Sean Bohannan said there were no survivors. Authorities have not released the identities of the man and woman on board the plane. They remain uncertain of the plane’s departure point.

The ALERT helicopter flew and landed near the crash site, but left shortly after.

In addition to several vehicles from the West Valley Fire Department and ALERT, South Kalispell Volunteer Fire Department, Search and Rescue, Flathead County Emergency Services Office, Sheriff’s Office of Flathead County, Montana Highway Patrol, Glacier National Park International Airport Fire Rescue and the Flathead County Coroner responded to the crash.

There was no fire at the crash site, which is secured by local authorities. A full investigation is underway.

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