4/3/2009

The NTSB's preliminary report on last month's plane crash in Montana indicates the pilot twice requested to divert from Bozeman, Mont., to nearby Butte without giving a reason. Air traffic control "terminated radar service" after the pilot radioed that he had the airport in sight. A lineman monitoring the radio at the Butte FBO "heard the pilot transmit that he would be landing on runway 33," but the plane went down about 500 feet short of the airport. "Visual meteorological conditions prevailed" in the area, according to the report.

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