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Plane Crash in Butte, Montana Kills 17

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman says 17 people have died in a plane crash in Butte, Mont.

FAA Spokesman Mike Fergus says preliminary reports indicate the dead include numerous children.

"We think that it was probably a ski trip for the kids," Fergus said.

The plane was traveling from Oroville, Calif. before it crashed into Holy Cross cemetery, officials said.

Fergus says the plane departed from Orville, Calif. and that the pilot had filed a flight plan showing a final destination of Bozeman. The pilot had canceled his flight plan at some point and headed for Butte.

The plane crashed about 500 feet from the airport while attempting to land and caught fire.

Pat Ryan, a reporter with the Montana Standard, told FOX News that the area is now cordoned off. Witnesses told Ryan that they saw the plane approaching from the west, fly in sideways and crash straight down

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Added: Mar-22-2009 Occurred On: Mar-22-2009
By: wet501
Tags: plane, crash, ski, accident, tragedy,
Location: Butte, Montana, United States (load item map)
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