14 People Die In Montan Plane Crash

POSTED: Monday, March 23, 2009 - 3:25pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 2:23pm

Fourteen people, including 7 kids killed in Montana plane crash...

What started as an apparent ski vacation ended in a deadly crash.

Investigators are looking into what caused a small plane to smash into the ground in Butte, Montana Sunday killing 14 people.

Investigators are looking into whether the plane was overloaded when it nosedived into a snowy cemetery bursting into flames

"It just dropped off and plowed right into the ground," said witness Martha Guidoni.

The single engine Pilatus PC12 is designed to carry a total of 11 people.

7 adults and 7 children likely headed for a ski vacation were killed in the crash.

"We have to get the passengers weight, the fuel to cargo, baggage that may have been," said NTSB Investigator Mark Rosenker.

Making the investigation more complicated, the plane didn't have a cockpit voice recorder or flight date recorder.

It wasn't required to have them.

The aircraft left Oroville, California Sunday morning on a multi stop flight bound for Bozeman, Montana but the pilot changed course and tried to land in Butte when it crashed.

"At this point there's nothing to make us understand what made him divert,� said Rosenker.

There were no indications of problems to air traffic controllers.

Investigators said they lost communication with the pilot moments before the plane went down.

Meanwhile the victim�s families and this community are only beginning to feel the depth of this loss.

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