- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 7, 2015

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) - Poor weather may have played a role in a small airplane crash that killed a Canadian pilot in Meagher County in March.

A preliminary National Transportation Safety Board report says the crash occurred when the pilot attempted to return to Great Falls International Airport after encountering clouds on March 26.

The Great Falls Tribune reported Tuesday (https://gftrib.com/1yT6fVy) that the Piper airplane struck mountainous terrain about 16 miles northeast of Townsend. It had been bound for Scottsdale, Arizona.

County officials have identified the pilot as David Carron. His wife, Valerie, survived the crash and told investigators the plane struck the ground while making a right turn to reverse course.

Canada’s CBC Radio has reported the Charrons were from Chestermere, Alberta.

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Information from: Great Falls Tribune, https://www.greatfallstribune.com

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