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Accident description
Last updated: 10 December 2017
Status:Final
Date:Saturday 17 April 1971
Time:16:15
Type:Silhouette image of generic LJ24 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Learjet 24D
Operator:F & S Contracting
Registration: N123CB
C/n / msn: 24-232
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Total:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Butte, MT (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Polson Airport, MT, United States of America
Destination airport:Butte Airport, MT (BTM/KBTM), United States of America
Narrative:
Crashed into the slope of a hill at 6060 feet while on approach. Minimum altitude for that sector was 8000 feet.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE:
pilot in command - improper IFR operation
FACTOR(S)
weather - other
weather briefing - no record of briefing received
weather forecast - unknown/not reported
missing aircraft - later recovered

Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

Sources:
» NTSB


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Distance from Polson Airport, MT to Butte Airport, MT as the crow flies is 231 km (144 miles).

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