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Spokane Businessman Killed In North Idaho Plane Crash

CATALDO, Idaho -

The NTSB and FAA have now finished the ground investigation into the crash of a small two-seater airplane that killed the pilot, John Lippis, 67, of Spokane.

Police were called around 7:30 p.m. Sunday, after witnesses reported what sounded like a plane crash just west of the small town of Cataldo, Idaho. It took searchers from Kootenai County, Shoshone County and Idaho State Police three hours to find the wreckage – which narrowly missed a home and shed in the forested 13000 block of Beaver Road.

"A neighbor called me and told me about it, and so right away I went outside and walked on top of the hill and of course I didn't see anything," neighbor Dennis Sager said. "It is hilly and there are a lot of trees, and if it's among those trees, well, it's impossible to see it, unless you're right on it."

Lippis was the only person aboard the KR2 single-engine, fixed-wing kit plane, built in 1980. The Kootenai County Sheriff's Office reported he had taken off from the Shoshone County Airport for recreational flying sometime Sunday afternoon, but it's still not clear what caused him to go down.

"That doesn't usually happen that close to home, but that can happen anywhere I guess," Sager added.

Lippis opened Swedish Motorcar Service on East Francis in Spokane back in 1991 along with his two sons, according to the business' website.

The plane narrowly missed one of about three homes on the rural road – coming within feet of a shed on the property. The NTSB should release the cause of the crash in the coming days, and an autopsy will be performed to rule out any possible medical emergencies that may have contributed to the crash.

 

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