Spokane repair shop owner killed in Cataldo plane crash

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by TAYLOR VIYDO & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on August 19, 2013 at 2:54 PM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 20 at 3:24 PM

CATALDO, Idaho -- The Kootenai County sheriff's office said the pilot of a small plane was killed in a crash Sunday night near Cataldo. The pilot was the only person on board according to authorities.

Officials identified the pilot as John T. Lippis, 67, of Spokane. Investigators are still at the crash site located near a home on Beaver Road in the Cataldo, Idaho area.

Authorities in North Idaho said they found the site of a plane crash on Beaver Road after more than three hours of searching. They were notified of the crash on Sunday evening around 7:45 p.m.

Shoshone County, Kootenai County, Idaho State Police and multiple fire and rescue departments were all out in this area searching. Air One also helped find the crash site.

Officials said the plane was a 1980 fixed-wing, single engine plane classified as "experimental." Investigators said Lippis had taken off from the Shoshone County Airport on Sunday afternoon to do recreational flying.

Officials said there are no indications as to the cause of the crash. An autopsy has been requested by the Coroner's office.

Lippis’ son was on the scene Monday afternoon. He said his father was preparing to fly to Colorado to visit his mother. He described his father as a generous person. Lippis owned a repair shop in Spokane according to his son. 

Investigators for the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash.

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