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Victims of Lookout Pass plane crash identified

LOOKOUT PASS, Idaho - The Shoshone County Sheriff's Office on Friday identified the victims in the plane crash on Lookout Pass.

Sheriff Chuck Reynalds said the pilot, Richard Owen Rogers and his passenger, Gene Douglas McLaughlin died when the plane they were in crashed near the Idaho-Montana stateline.  The crash happened Thursday between 1 -2 p.m.  Rogers is from Everett, Washington, while McLaughlin is from Arlington, Washington.  Investigators say Rogers owned the plane and had been hired to fly Gene to Missoula for business purposes.  They had just refueled in the Coeur d'Alene area before the crash.

The Sheriff's Office says, based on the limited information they have, investigators believe the pilot was following the Interstate highway on the way to Missoula.  They said on Thursday that he possibly became disoriented in the fog around the top of the mountain.  Conditions at the time of the accident were foggy, with light rain falling in the area.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board will inspect the plane and the wreckage.

An autopsy was scheduled for today at Holy Family Hospital in Spokane. 

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