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Pilot in fatal Anaconda helicopter crash was family man

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Posted at 8:23 AM, May 01, 2024
and last updated 2024-05-01 10:25:23-04

BUTTE — The pilot who died in a helicopter crash in Anaconda on Friday, April 26 leaves behind his wife, three sons, and a fourth son on the way, according to a fundraiser organized on the family's behalf.

A GoFundMe campaign for 28-year-old Justin Price states he "was a great loving father, with his kids and wife being his world."

Price was piloting a Bell 206 helicopter in the area of Anaconda’s smelter stack when it crashed about 7:45 a.m. Friday. The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Authority are investigating the incident.

Watch previous coverage: Pilot killed in helicopter crash in Anaconda

Pilot killed in helicopter crash in Anaconda; FAA and NTSB investigating cause

An obituary for Price says he was born in Helena and grew up on the family ranch in Avon. His wife, Jessica, is described as his "childhood sweetheart" who grew up on the neighboring ranch. Price's flying career took them to Oregon and Alaska before returning to Montana.

Price has twin 4-year-old sons, a 2-year-old son, and his wife is expecting their fourth child, according to the fundraiser. Proceeds will go toward helping cover expenses for the family.