HAMILTON - A low-flying airplane clipped power lines near Florence on Sunday afternoon, knocking out power to at least one residence.
The Ravalli County Sheriff's Department responded to a call around 4:20 p.m. from a citizen between Florence and Stevensville near the Bitterroot River. The homeowner reported that their power had been knocked out just as a small airplane flew by at a very low altitude, said Sheriff Chris Hoffman.
"It does appear from our initial investigation that the airplane may have struck power lines and that there was apparently substantial damage to the aircraft," Hoffman said.
The plane - a small Cessna prop plane - was able to make a safe landing at the Ravalli County Airport, just outside Hamilton.
The aircraft is owned by North Star Aviation and was being rented. The pilot and the two passengers on board were not injured. The Federal Aviation Administration will investigate the incident as well.