Thursday, April 02, 2009

A bad month in Montana

Good grief, people. March and early April have been a terrible time for disasters in our state.

In the news this morning is an account of a plane crash near the Hungry Horse Reservoir. The plane was found at around 2:00 a.m. on Friday west of the reservoir; the craft is registered to Hugh A. Rogers of Whitefish. Officials say that at this time, that only the pilot was known to have been on board the plane.

This crash was the third fatal airplane crash in Montana in just over two weeks. Sparky Imeson of Helena was killed when his Cessna 180 crashed near Canyon Ferry Lake on March 17th and 14 people were killed on March 22nd, when their Pilatus PC-12 crashed in a cemetery near the Bert Mooney Airport in Butte.

In early March, we had our share of disaster. On March 5, a natural gas explosion and fire in downtown Bozeman killed one woman and destroyed numerous downtown Bozeman businesses.

The very next day, a gas explosion and fire in Whitehall, about forty miles from Bozeman, destroyed three businesses housed in historic downtown buildings.

On March 23, fire engulfed businesses in a city block of Miles City.

Everyone, be safe. Keep your heads down. Help your fellow man.

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