A single-engine airplane crashed near the Russian Flat airstrip in the Lewis and Clark National Forest, killing the Bozeman pilot.
Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer says the Cessna 150 left Bozeman at 12:36 p.m. Monday with one person aboard and crashed about an hour later. The Russian Flat airstrip is about 30 miles southwest of Stanford.
Judith Basin County Coroner Dick Brown identified the pilot as 46-year-old Brian Neal Handy.
The aircraft was registered to Cow Dog Flyers LLC of Bozeman.
The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash.
NBC Montana found Handy's profile with the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators.
In it, he answers questions, like how he got into flying.
He said winning a seemingly random college scholarship "started it all," kicking off his love of flying.
He explained he used to be a scenic pilot in Guam, flying tourists around the island.
He recommended other pilots fly with the Thai Flying Club in Thailand, because of the "amazing people, views, and experiences."
The profile also mentions Handy had a Ph.D. in Physics.
The profile explained that he recently moved to Montana and he said, "I'm in Montana now, and seeking to build a long-term presence here. I hope to contribute in many ways to the local community."