Sunday, March 22, 2009

17 Dead in Montana Turboprop Crash

Seventeen people, including children reportedly on a ski trip, were killed today when a single-engine turboprop plane crashed on approach to the airport in Butte, Montana. Here is a report from Butte.

The passengers were onboard a Pilatus PC-12 single-engine aircraft registered to Eagle Cap Leasing, an Oregon charter-flight company. Here's the background on the Pilatus PC-12, an aircraft that is often used as a regional airliner and a corporate plane.

And here's the Wikipedia entry on the Pilatus PC-12.

And here is background on the plane from the Web site.

This is the second recent fatal crash of a regional-airliner-type turboprop passenger plane. On Feb. 13, a Bombardier Dash8 Q400 turbo-prop flown by Colgan Air, a regional carrier for Continental Airlines, crashed on approach to the Buffalo, N.Y. airport, killing 55.


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