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2 injured, 130 without power after small plane crashes near Townsend

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Two men were seriously injured in a plane crash discovered by NorthWestern Energy near Townsend on Wednesday evening.

Broadwater County Sheriff Wynn Meehan said the Cessna 180 crashed about 2 miles southwest of Townsend between the Missouri River and U.S. Highway 287. Two adult males were on board, with Meehan describing the injuries as "life-threatening" but the men alert and initially able to speak with emergency responders. They were both flown from the scene to different hospitals for treatment.

The plane was leased and flown out of Bozeman, Meehan said, so authorities do not know who owns the plane. The FAA and NTSB will be investigating the crash, he said.

NWE spokesperson JoDee Black said a company crew responded to the report of an outage at about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday and found a downed power line and a small airplane nearby.

Meehan said a piece of the tail was found on a gravel bar in the river and the plane was located by yelling until the two men responded.

Black said at about 8 p.m. Wednesday around 130 customers were without power and it will take several hours to restore.

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