Plane Crashes into Mountain near Hailey


By Michelle Costa

HAILEY, IDAHO (KMVT-TV) Two people from Boise were hurt after their private plane crashed near Hailey last night.

The Blaine County Sheriff's Office said 56–year–old Paul Tower was the pilot of the plane.

Police said he attempted to activate the auto pilot just after take off from the Friedman Memorial Airport.

He set a pre programmed course when he noticed the auto pilot did not seem to engage correctly.

Police said the plane then banked sharply to the left and he could see the mountain in his landing lights.

He pulled up to slow the plane and the plane impacted the mountain on the ridge at the top of water gulch.

Police said the passenger in the plane was 40–year–old Christina Rathbun.

Both individuals were taken to St. Luke's in Boise.

The crash is still under investigation.

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