SULA, Mont. -- An airplane that crashed near a western Montana ski area, killing the pilot, was an antique that was being flown to Montana from Florida.
Ravalli County Undersheriff Steve Holton tells the Missoulian the twin-engine Grumman G-21 Goose amphibious plane had been flown from Florida to Minnesota before a new pilot took over to bring it to Hamilton.
Holton says the pilot's wallet and identification were found in the wreckage of Tuesday's crash, but officials withheld his name until they could confirm his identity and notify family members.
National Transportation Safety Board investigator Larry Lewis said the airplane appeared to come straight down into the ground and there was no evidence the pilot had tried to land in the lodge parking lot at the Lost Trail ski area on the Montana-Idaho border.