March 22: A Pilatus PC-12/45 crashed into a cemetery while on approach to Bert Mooney Airport in Butte, Montana. The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said in a statement that the PC-12, registered as N128CM, crashed at around 15:00 with the loss of 14 people, half of them children. It is reported that the plane may not have been legally allowed to carry more than nine passengers.
N128CM was owned by Eagle Cap Leasing Inc. based at Enterprise, Oregon. The crash is the fourth major plane accident in the US in three months – before 2009 there hadn’t been a fatal accident in the US involving a commercial airliner for more than two years.