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No Fatalities After Plane Crashes Into Helena Home

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A small airplane crashed into a Helena residential neighborhood Tuesday afternoon, but nobody was killed.

Helena Assistant Fire Chief, Ken Wood, says the single engine plane clipped a tree and crashed into a house and shed on Walnut Street, west of the Helena Regional Airport.

Wood says there was no explosion or fireball when the plane went down.

"No, we were very fortunate. There was limited fuel that leaked, very limited, no fire, no smoke. For whatever reason, the plane crashed and they were fortunate to get out."

Helena police chief Troy McGee says both the plane's occupants, two men in their 70’s, survived and were transported to the hospital.

The homeowner was not there at the time of the crash, but his girlfriend was. She’s fine.

The neighborhood was not evacuated.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the cause of the crash.

O’Brien first landed at Montana Public Radio three decades ago as a news intern while attending the University of Montana School of Journalism. His first career job out of school was covering the 1995 Montana Legislature. When the session wrapped up, O’Brien was fortunate enough to land a full-time position at the station as a general assignment reporter. Feel free to drop him a line at
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