Freight Hauler Impacts Building, Pilot Lost
ANN REALTIME UPDATE
05.23.08 1505 EDT: Officials with Alpine Air have
confirmed one of their pilots, Kelly William Lynch, was the sole
fatality in the crash of a Beech 1900C in Billings, MT.
Company CEO Gene Mallette and General Manager Bill Distefano of
Alpine Air are reportedly headed to Billings to assist
investigators in determining why the aircraft went down shortly
after takeoff early Friday morning.
The aircraft was reportedly transporting 5,000 lbs of mail to
0855 EDT: Details are sketchy regarding the
fatal downing of a Beechcraft 1900 twin turboprop in Billings, MT
early Friday morning.
Here's what we know so far. The aircraft, believed to be
carrying US mail, went down on takeoff from Billings Logan
International Airport at approximately 0120 MDT. The B1900 (type
shown below) reportedly impacted a building near Main Street and
Jerrie Lane, about two miles northeast of the airport.
The pilot and sole occupant onboard the aircraft was killed.
The aircraft caught fire on impact, reports KULR-8. The Billings
Fire Department responded to the scene, as did the Airport Fire
& Rescue division.
According to the news station, the plane took off from the
airport "but changed directions," possibly indicating an attempt to
return to the airport.
The pilot's identity has not been released, nor has information
about the plane's operator. Online flight tracking website
FlightAware.com shows several Alpine Air B1900s and Beech 99s
scheduled to leave Billings at the approximate time of the
ANN will update this story as more information becomes