A Richland man who crashed his plane Monday died doing what he loved.
Milon Meyer, 72, was flying an experimental plane he built from a kit when it crashed in the Clearwater National Forest near the Idaho-Montana border, said Clif Dyer, owner of Sundance Aviation at Richland Airport.
Meyer was on his way from Richland to a conference in Wisconsin when the plane went down. He was the only person onboard.
The people who fly out of the Richland airport are a close community, Dyer said.
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"We're all related and we're all in the same hobby. Milon was a really nice gentleman who always had a great attitude," he said.
Dyer had known Meyer for 15 years and said Meyer had taken many long trips in his plane, a Lancair Legacy.
"It wasn't for lack of experience," he said of the crash.
Meyer contacted another airplane Monday morning and reported there was oil on his windshield, The Associated Press reported.
Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton said Meyer was uncertain whether he would make it to his next planned stop in Helena, Mont.
Dyer was president of M&D Professional Services, a Richland engineering firm which later became part of Becht Engineering.
The company became a contractor with Energy Northwest in January, supporting the spent nuclear fuel storage area for the Columbia Generating Station in Richland, said Energy Northwest spokesman Mike Paoli.
Meyer had a beautiful, custom-built plane, Dyer said.
"He didn't spare any expense on the airplane," he said. "It was built very well."
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