The pilot of a small airplane that went down Sunday night in rural Kootenai County was found dead in the wreckage after a three-hour search for the wreckage.
The plane and body were found about 10:50 p.m. near a residence at 13778 S. Beaver Rd., east of Rose Lake, the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office said early this morning. The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Air One helicopter helped locate the crash scene.
The identity of the pilot, the only person on board, has not been released, pending notification of next of kin.
The plane was an experimental, high-speed KR-2 monoplane reported missing from the Shoshone County Airport earlier in the night, the sheriff’s office confirmed.
Kootenai County Sheriff’s deputies and members of the Idaho State Police, Shoshone County EMS and Rose Lake rescuers responded about 7:30 p.m. to a report of a possible plane crash in the area of S. Beaver Road and S. Tamarack Ridge Road.
The National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration were notified of the crash and will conduct an investigation to determine the cause.