Wreckage of Burbank-based company plane found

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 Ameriflight identified the two men on board as Carl C. Cotton, 37, of Helena, a training and check pilot for the company, and Kyle R. Kemmet, 23, who had just moved to Montana and was completing training to fly a Beechcraft 99. Ameriflight said the plane was on a routine flight to Butte and was carrying only about 10 pounds of freight. Ameriflight planes haul bank documents and other cargo throughout the western United States. The plane left the Helena Regional Airport at 2:35 p.m. Saturday, and was last heard from at 2:50 p.m., said Debbie Alke with the state Department of Transportation’s Aeronautics Division. Ameriflight and the FAA said the plane had been cleared for a routine instrument landing at the Butte airport, but never arrived. The two pilots on board did not issue any distress calls, the company said. Ameriflight said a search airplane briefly picked up a signal from an airplane emergency beacon late Sunday afternoon south of Butte, but had to turn back because of poor flying conditions before searchers were able to pinpoint its location. A helicopter was able to fly over the area Monday. Kenitzer said the National Transportation Safety Board would investigate the crash.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Search crews on Monday found the wreckage of a cargo plane that crashed on a flight from Helena to Butte, killing its two pilots. The wreckage of the twin-engine Beechcraft 99, owned by Ameriflight Inc. of Burbank, Calif., was discovered south of Butte, said Federal Aviation Administration regional spokesman Allen Kenitzer in Seattle. Kenitzer confirmed that the two pilots were killed in the crash. Ameriflight said in a written statement that a helicopter discovered the wreckage after homing in on an emergency beacon and that ground crews later reached the wreckage and confirmed there were no survivors.last_img