3 killed in Montana plane crash identified as Indiana men

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Montana authorities have identified three people who were killed in a small plane crash as Indiana residents.

Lake County Sheriff and Coroner Donald Bell says 59-year-old Timothy R. Arnold, 49-year-old Grant O. Weythman and 65-year-old Allen K. Eicher of Evansville died in Thursday’s crash.

A Facebook page under Arnold’s name included a photo of three men with the caption, “Montana here we come.”

Bell says the single-engine Beechraft struck a power line and crashed upside down in a hayfield outside St. Ignatius in western Montana.

Authorities used a backhoe to lift the plane and remove the bodies, which have been sent to the Montana State Crime Lab.

Bell says Federal Aviation Administration and county officials are at the site of the crash. A National Transportation Safety Board investigator is expected to arrive Friday.