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Report released on plane crash near Great Falls

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GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) - Investigators say a small plane that crashed southeast of Great Falls, killing one person and injuring three others, hit a group of trees as the pilot approached a ridge.
    
The Great Falls Tribune reported Tuesday (http://gftrib.com/1piEZK7 ) that a preliminary finding by the National Transportation Safety Board notes the pilot "attempted to climb over the ridge, but the airplane wouldn't climb." The pilot, 55-year-old Christopher Wilsey, turned the airplane toward the valley before it struck the trees and crashed.
    
Authorities say 67-year-old Susan Majerus, of Great Falls, died of burns suffered in an intense fire after the plane crashed Sept. 2.
    
The crash injured Wilsey; Majerus' husband, 68-year-old Robert Majerus; and 11-year-old Rachel Lukasik. All three suffered burns.
    
The Cessna 177 took off from Great Falls International Airport and crashed in the Little Belt Mountains.
    
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Information from: Great Falls Tribune, http://www.greatfallstribune.com

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