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Thu, Sep 23, 2004

Five Dead In Forest Service Accident

Single Engine Aircraft Down Near Glacier National Park

Recovery teams hoped Wednesday to retrieve the bodies of five people -- four of them employees of the US Forest Service -- from the site where their single engine aircraft went down in the Glacier National Park two days earlier.

The aircraft, a Cessna 206G, departed Kalispell (MT) at about 1500 local on Monday, according to local news reports. The aircraft was last heard from about 15 minutes later and went down in rough weather.

The victims have been identified as:

  • Pilot Jim Long, 60, of Kalispell (MT)
  • Ken Good, 58, of Whitefish (MT), who worked at the Flathead National Forest
  • Jodee Hogg, 23, Billings (MT)
  • Davita Bryant, 32, Whitefish (MT)
  • Matthew Ramige, 29, Jackson (WY)
FAA Preliminary Accident Report

IDENTIFICATION
 Regis#: 206SM    Make/Model: C206   Description: 206, P206, T206, TP206, U206, TU206, (T
 Date: 09/20/2004   Time: 2258

 Event Type: Accident  Highest Injury: Fatal   Mid Air: N  Missing: N
 Damage: Unknown

LOCATION
 City: KALISPELL          State: MT  Country: US

DESCRIPTION
 ADVISED BY MONTANA AERONAUTICS THAT USFS NOTIFIED THEM OF A POSSIBLE DOWNED
 ACFT THAT DID NOT SHOW UP AT ITS DESTINATION. ACFT DEPARTED GLACIER PARK
 INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (FCA) AT 2108 UTC. ACFT CRASHED, THE WRECKAGE WAS
 LOCATED AND THE FIVE PERSONS ON BOARD ARE REPORTED AS FATAL. KALISPELL, MT

INJURY DATA   Total Fatal:  5
         # Crew:  1  Fat:  1   Ser:  0   Min:  0   Unk: 
         # Pass:   4  Fat:  4   Ser:  0   Min:  0   Unk: 
         # Grnd:       Fat:  0   Ser:  0   Min:  0   Unk: 

WEATHER: KFCA 202255Z  

OTHER DATA
 Activity: Public Use   Phase: Unknown   Operation: Public

 Departed: KALISPELL, MT (FCA)     Dep Date: 09/20/2004  Dep. Time: 2109
 Destination: SCHAFER USFS ARPT8U2   Flt Plan: NONE     Wx Briefing: N
 Last Radio Cont: OVR ESSEX MT WITH USFS 2115
 Last Clearance: FREQ CHANGE AT 2108

 FAA FSDO: HELENA, MT (NM05)          Entry date: 09/22/2004

FMI: www.ntsb.gov

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