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Small plane crashes into river near Big Timber, 2 people injured

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The Sweet Grass County Sheriff's Office received a report of the crash of a small plane at 11:05 a.m. on Saturday.

The plane, a Piper L2B, clipped a power line near the Otter Creek Fishing Access Site where the annual Yellowstone Boat Float was occurring and landed mid-stream in the Yellowstone, according to the Sweet Grass County Facebook page.

There were two people in the plane at the time of the crash.

A 60-year-old man and 75-year-old woman were taken to Pioneer Medical Center.

Both were later airlifted to Billings for more extensive treatment; the woman is said to be in serious condition at St. Vincent's Healthcare.

No boaters were injured.

The plane is currently completely submerged in the river except for the tail.

Passing rafters were the first to respond to the scene.

Paramedics came to the site of the crash in a boat and exited with the victims at the Otter Creek Fishing Access Site.

It is unknown how the plane will be taken out of the water, but the plane will likely stay in the water overnight, according to Undersheriff Ronnenberg.

The Sweet Grass County Sheriff's Office, Sweet Grass Ambulance, Big Timber Volunteer Fire Department, and Search and Rescue all responded.

There have been some reports of loss of power in the area.

NorthWestern Energy employees were at the scene repairing the power line on Saturday afternoon.

The cause of the crash is being investigated, and the Sheriff's office will be working with the National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration as well.

We will update you as we get more information.

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