- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 20, 2015

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A small airplane crashed into a house and shed Tuesday in a residential neighborhood west of the Helena Regional Airport, injuring two men in their 70s, police said.

One man was loaded into an ambulance on a gurney and another walked, the Independent Record reported.

Police Chief Troy McGee said the victims were 75 and 78. He did not release their names or medical conditions.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer said the plane was a single engine Piper PA-28. Assistant Fire Chief Ken Wood said the plane clipped a tree and crashed shortly before 12:30 p.m.

The plane was seriously damaged. It also hit a power line, knocking it down and interrupting service for about 60 residents, NorthWestern Energy said.

“Something like this, you could have quite a fire in the city limits or … you could have quite a gas leak or something like that,” McGee said. “We’ve been very fortunate here.”

James Smargo, 38, said his girlfriend was in the house he bought about three months ago when the plane hit, but she wasn’t injured. Jennifer Loayza was in the front of the house and the plane hit the back of the house, Smargo told the newspaper.

FAA records indicate the single-engine airplane is registered to a Helena pilot.

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