- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 23, 2015

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) - Three men were injured when an airplane crashed near an airstrip in the Great Bear Wilderness in northwestern Montana.

Flathead County Sheriff Chuck Curry says the Cessna 206 single-engine plane operated by Red Eagle Aviation crashed at the west end of the Schafer Meadows airstrip at about 11 a.m. Tuesday. All three on board suffered non-life threatening injuries. They were taken to Kalispell Regional Medical Center for treatment.

Spotted Bear District Ranger Deb Mucklow says the plane was a commercial charter flying people in to Schafer, southeast of Kalispell. The men planned to raft down the Middle Fork of the Flathead River.

The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating the cause of the crash.

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