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Melba businessman, pilot owned plane that crashed near Silver City, killing three

A company run by Tom Boyer, owner of Treasure Valley Coffee in Boise, Twin Falls and Blackfoot, is the registered owner of the airplane that crashed Sunday morning near Silver City in the Owyhee Mountains, according to U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and state of Idaho business records.

FAA data showed only one plane crash — the one that happened between Reynolds Creek and Silver City — in Idaho over the weekend. The Cessna 210, “crashed under (unknown) circumstances into mountainous terrain,” killing the pilot and two passengers, according to the FAA. A dog also died in the crash, according to the Owyhee County Sheriff’s Office, which was notified about the incident at 9:10 a.m. on Sunday.

Boyer is a licensed pilot, according to FAA records.

T&C Aircraft Corp., based in Boise, is the registered owner of the plane. State records list Boyer as T&C’s director, initial registered agent and only representative.

It is unclear, though, if Boyer was piloting the plane that went down Sunday. The Sheriff’s Office did not identify the pilot or the passengers due to “the difficult circumstances which encompass this terrible tragedy.” Treasure Valley Coffee representatives declined to comment Monday.

The Owyhee County Coronor’s Office is working toward an autopsy and identification of the three victims.

The National Transportation Safety Board, FAA and sheriff’s office are investigating the crash. The crash occured on on BLM property, but did spread to a small portion of private property.

This is at least the second time in the past year a fatal crash of a small airplane has occurred in or near the Owyhee Mountains. In November 2017, Dean Hilde, an experienced pilot, crashed his Piper Super Cub about 25 miles outside of Murphy. Hilde died and a passenger was seriously injured.

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