Preliminary reports indicate overloading may have caused the fatal Butte plane crash.

Butte, MT (JusticeNewsFlash.com)–The Pilatus PC-12, single engine, turbo prop plane that crashed in a cemetery, 500 feet short of the Bert Mooney Airport in Butte, Montana, on Sunday may have been overloaded. Federal officials state the high-end, small airplane was certified to fly with 12 passengers and was actually carrying 14 passengers and crew members on the plane. The aircraft crashed and exploded into a ball of flames killing all people on flight including 7 children who were reportedly traveling on a ski trip, according to ABC news.

The fatal aviation accident happened Sunday afternoon when the plane, scheduled to land in Bozeman, Montana diverted to the Butte airport about 85 miles northeast of Bozeman. The trip originated in Oroville, California at 11:17 a.m., with a scheduled two-and-a-half hour flight plan. U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) www.faa.gov officials state there was no radio call, and it remains unclear whether there was an emergency that caused the pilot to attempt the Butte landing.

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