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Oak Point Man And His Dog Die In Plane Crash

Montana authorities have identified the remains of a Texas man from Oak Point who died in a plane crash near Billings on Friday.

NBCDFW reports that at approximately 7:05 p.m. on Friday, October 30, 74-year-old Donald C. Nimmick and his dog died when his single-engine Cessna 172 crashed just shy of the runway at Billings Logan International Airport.  

Nimmick was flying from the Dallas area to visit his brother in Three Forks, Montana.

Yellowstone County officials say that the plane went down in a forested area where search and rescue crews located the aircraft almost two hours later.  Nimmick, along with his dog, was declared dead at the scene of the crash.

The Billings Gazette reports that the Yellowstone County Coroner, Cliff Mahoney, said in a statement to the paper that Mr. Nimmick died of blunt force trauma.   As of Monday, the Coroner’s Office also indicated that the autopsy was ongoing and had not yet determined whether any other medical factors may have contributed to the crash.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has performed an initial investigation of the crash and said that the plane went down in a ravine about 1 mile away from the airport.  

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will thoroughly investigate the crash that killed Nimmick to find a cause.

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