Boise man, longtime pilot, dies in Owyhee County plane crash

Dean Hilde.
Dean Hilde. jjaszewski@idahostatesman.com

A Boise pilot was killed Friday in an Owyhee County plane crash.

Dean Hilde, 56, an experienced recreational pilot, died in the crash, which occurred at about 9:15 a.m. A passenger, Gerald Bublitz, 42, of Boise, was seriously injured, according to Owyhee County Sheriff Perry Grant. Bublitz was transported by air ambulance.

As of Saturday, Bublitz was listed as being in critical condition, according to a Saint Alphonsus hospital spokesman.

Hilde and Bublitz were in a single-engine Piper PA18 Super Cub about 25 miles outside of Murphy, according to a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration. They were near Flint Creek Road, according to Grant.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash.

In July 2016, the Idaho Statesman interviewed and did a story about Hilde, who said he was an Alaskan bush pilot for most of his adult life, working as a hunting guide and spotting for fishing crews. The article came out as Hilde was trying to get approval from Ada County to use a ridge north of the Table Rock area as a primitive airstrip.