- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

POLSON, Mont. (AP) - Authorities have identified the pilot killed in a plane crash in northwest Montana as 33-year-old Brett Thoft, of Wasilla, Alaska.

In addition, a passenger injured in the crash was identified as Tim Schauss, of Lake County. He is listed in critical condition at Kalispell Regional Medical Center.

The small plane crashed in Lake County near Flathead Lake at about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday on a hillside northwest of Ronan.

Lake County authorities believe the two-seat Piper had taken off from the Ronan airport on a sight-seeing flight.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating.

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