Washington couple dies in western Montana plane crash

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MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A couple from Washington state have died in the crash of a single-engine airplane in western Montana, officials said.

The airplane crashed Thursday afternoon about nine miles (14 kilometers) southwest of the Missoula airport, shortly after takeoff, Jennifer Gabris, spokesperson for the National Transportation Safety Board, told the Missoulian.

The crash killed Brian J. Makar, 42, and his wife, Carrie R. Makar, 43, of Burien, Washington, Missoula County Sheriff and Coroner TJ McDermott said.

The NTSB is investigating the cause of the crash.

Federal Aviation Administration records say the airplane involved was a four-seat Cessna 172.