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Pam Bird among those killed in Idaho plane crash

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The doors to the Bird Aviation Museum Friday were open, tours carried on as usual, but there was one piece of the daily routine missing: Pamela Bird. Pam, the widow of Forrest Bird, the man who founded the museum and who changed the face of modern medicine, was listed by Bonner County Sheriff Daryl Wheeler as one of three victims lost in Thursday's fatal plane crash

The plane, a small Cessna, was reported missing within hours after its takeoff from a Sagle runway. The wreckage of the aircraft was found just north of Hope, Idaho and according to the sheriff the wreckage still burns Friday. 

"It's devastating, just devastating," says Paul Nowaske, a volunteer at the aviation museum. Nowaske heard that Bird's plane had gone missing around one in the afternoon, they never learned of the fate of those onboard until much later Thursday evening. On the plane with Bird were two of her friends Tookie and Donald Hensley. 

"It's been pretty somber here," says Nowaske as he looks around the museum. "But, a lot of volunteers came out today to pitch in." 

As Nowaske gives tours he focuses on the planes, medical equipment and other gems from times past. However, in the back of his mind, Pam takes his focus. 

"She was a lightning bolt. You would never see her without a smile." 

The FAA and NTSB continue an investigation into what caused the plane to crash. 

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