Pilot killed in crash west of Lolo Pass was bound for experimental aircraft fly-in

2014-07-29T14:12:00Z 2014-07-30T08:21:12Z Pilot killed in crash west of Lolo Pass was bound for experimental aircraft fly-inBy KIM BRIGGEMAN Missoulian The Billings Gazette
July 29, 2014 2:12 pm  • 

MISSOULA — The pilot killed Monday in the crash of a small plane in the Bitterroot Mountains west of Lolo Pass was head of the staff of an engineering firm in Richland, Wash.

Milon Meyer, 72, was en route from the Tri-Cities area to Oshkosh, Wis., for the Experimental Aircraft Association’s AirVenture fly-in, a weeklong convention that opened Monday and attracts some 500,000 people from around the world.

A helicopter crew with Two Bear Air Helicopter of Whitefish spotted the wreckage at midmorning Monday in the Clearwater National Forest of Idaho. Two Bear used a hoist to lower a medic to the scene to confirm the pilot was deceased.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the airplane was a single-engine Lancair Legacy. No one else was on board.

Meyer worked for the Richland office of Becht Engineering Nuclear Group, which specializes in nuclear engineering, according to the Tri-City Herald of Washington.

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