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The crashed plane at Lost Trail Pass is seen burning moments after hitting the ground in this photograph provided by Rick McGee, a traveler from Seattle, Washington who was in the area when the crash occurred.

LOST TRAIL PASS - A twin-engine airplane crashed and burned in the Lost Trail ski area parking lot late Tuesday afternoon, apparently killing everyone on board.

“It burned very badly, to the point we couldn’t identify it,” said Ravalli County Undersheriff Steve Holton. “The only thing that is recognizable is the wing tips.”

Tuesday night, Holton said, it was not clear where the airplane came from or who was on it.

Two people witnessed the crash that happened at about 5:30 p.m. just north of the ski lodge.

“No one left the plane following the crash,” Holton said.

One witness told authorities the airplane appeared to be spinning in the air before it came down flat in the parking lot.

Holton said the scene was secured for the night.

“Right now, we’re waiting for the FAA to send their investigators,” he said. “We’ll work through the night to see if we can’t identify flight plans, to see who was going to be in the area.”

Watch here for updated information as it is available.

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