Update: January 17, 2020 – KPVI ran a touching piece on the four men who died: Before deadly plane crash, sobriety brought 4 victims together.
January 14, 2020 – Four Billings, Montana men were killed Saturday in a plane crash when the pilot reportedly hit a communications tower near Dunn Mountain north of Billings.
According to authorities, the single-engine Cessna 183 crashed about 6:00 p.m.
Yellowstone County Sheriff Mike Linder said that the plane clipped a guy wire and also hit the 185-foot communications tower that is used by local law enforcement as well as the Sheriff’s Office.
At 3:10 a.m. Sunday, an initial alert came in stating that the aircraft was missing, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.
On Sunday morning Linder went up in a helicopter and he and the pilot located the crash site near the bottom of a slope on the west face of Dunn Mountain. When they landed they found no survivors.
The tower is not listed in the FCC’s database, and according to a local flight instructor, it is not located on an aviation chart for the area.
The coroner identified the pilot as David Healow, 69, and his passengers as Rusty Jungles, 36; Mikel Peterson, 35; and Raymond Rumbold, 32, Linder said in a statement.