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Lieutenant Ellison Summerfield


Ellison "Buddy" Summerfield

In the absence of any obituary, the following brief description is provided.

Investigators say the 65-year-old pilot of a plane that crashed in Butte, Montana on March 22, 2009 — killing all 14 aboard — was a former Air Force pilot with thousands of flight hours piloting civilian aircraft [458th, 1967].

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.


27 Apr 2009 01:29 PM

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