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Pilot killed after plane crashes into in Idaho potato processing plant

A pilot is dead after a plane crashed into a potato processing plant last week in central Idaho. On Wednesday 13 April, a single-engine Cessna 208B registered to Spirit Air in Salmon crashed into the building of Gem State Processing in Heyburn and flipped over on the roof.

Heyburn Police, Minidoka and Cassia County Sheriff’s deputies, Minidoka County Fire Protection District, North Cassia Fire, Burley Fire and Rupert EMS responded to the scene. “The pilot and sole occupant of the plane sadly did not survive,” Heyburn Police Chief Ryan Bertalotto said in a news release. “None of the Gem State Processing employees were injured.”

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are reviewing witness statements and evidence to determine the cause of the crash. “The City of Heyburn sends its condolences to the family of the pilot, the aviation company, and to the Gem State Processing family during this difficult time,” Chief Bertalotto said.


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