ASN Aircraft accident Learjet 24D N123CB Butte, MT
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Saturday 17 April 1971
Type:Silhouette image of generic LJ24 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Learjet 24D
Operator:F & S Contracting
Registration: N123CB
MSN: 24-232
First flight: 1970
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Total:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Butte, MT (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:Polson Airport, MT, United States of America
Destination airport:Butte Airport, MT (BTM/KBTM), United States of America
Crashed into the slope of a hill at 6060 feet while on approach. Minimum altitude for that sector was 8000 feet.

Probable Cause:

pilot in command - improper IFR operation
weather - other
weather briefing - no record of briefing received
weather forecast - unknown/not reported
missing aircraft - later recovered

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain



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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Polson Airport, MT to Butte Airport, MT as the crow flies is 231 km (144 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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