Pilot killed in Saturday plane crash in McCone County

2013-04-06T22:00:00Z 2013-04-08T13:42:04Z Pilot killed in Saturday plane crash in McCone CountyGazette Staff The Billings Gazette

The pilot of a small plane was killed when the aircraft crashed Saturday in the northern part of McCone County on private land.

In a Sunday news release, the Roosevelt County Sheriff's Office confirmed the death of Darin Ray Brown, 38. It said Brown did not survive the crash of his Cessna 182.

Officials said Saturday that Brown departed Brown Farms from a rural airstrip near Wolf Point at 10:30 a.m. and was last heard from between 10:45 a.m. and 11 a.m. when he talked to his wife while flying over Wolf Point.

Brown was expected to arrive at his destination at a farm near Acton in Yellowstone County at about 1:30 p.m., officials said. He was reported missing at 2:45 p.m.

Brown’s flight plan indicated that he intended to fly toward Circle, then west to Coakley Road near Acton, 15 miles northwest of Billings.

The McCone County Sheriff's Office continues to investigate the crash but did not provide more details of the crash on Sunday morning.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, registration is pending for the fixed wing, single-engine Cessna at an address in Acton. The plane's owner is not listed due to the pending registration.

McCone County Sheriff Davis Harris and sheriff's deputies, the Redwater Valley Ambulance Service and the McCone County Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene of the crash.

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