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Dec 20, 2012 10:51 PM by Dax VanFossen - KAJ News

Fatal plane crash shocks Libby community

LIBBY - The Lincoln County Sheriff's Department announced Wednesday night that searchers had found a downed aircraft, along with the body of Carl Douglas, theowner and CEO of Stinger Welding, one of the area's largest employers.

The wreck also claimed the life of an employee, John Smith, and the news has shocked the Libby community.

A press release issued by Lincoln County Sheriff Roby Bowe states that Douglas was piloting his small private plane, along with Smith, a company driver.

The aircraft went missing around midnight on Tuesday, after failing to arrive as scheduled. Searchers finally found a large debris field about three miles northeast of the Libby Airport late on Wednesday night.

Libby Airport boardmember Ron Denowh says Douglas was an excellent pilot and good friend.

"It's bad for me, it's worse for his family and it's really bad for Libby, because he was our only- the one and only industry we had here."

Stinger Welding has declined several requests to comment publicly about the accident.

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