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Pilot in Montana crash had years of experience

MATT GOURAS and JOAN LOWY
Associated Press Writers

BUTTE, Mont. ” Investigators say the 65-year-old pilot of a plane that crashed in Butte, Mont. ” killing all 14 aboard ” was a former Air Force pilot with thousands of flight hours piloting civilian aircraft.

The National Transportation Safety Board also says that pilot Buddy Summerfield’s decision to divert the flight to Butte from Bozeman should not have created problems because that was the original backup plan.

Summerfield was flying six adults and seven children to a ski vacation at the ritzy Yellowstone Club resort south of Bozeman when the plane crashed Sunday.

The NTSB says it expects to recover all the aircraft wreckage by Friday, but answers could be months away.

NTSB acting chairman Mark Rosenker says standard procedure calls for toxicology tests on the pilot’s body, but results could be weeks away.