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Plane That Crashed in Montana Started in S.D.

A small plane that crashed in Butte, Montana, killing more than a dozen people, was reported today to have taken off from Otay Mesa. Before the doomed single-engine turboprop flew from Redlands to Butte, it took off from Brown Field in Otay Mesa on Saturday, Rachel Laing, a spokeswoman for Mayor Jerry Sanders, told The San Diego Union-Tribune.

The plane crashed in Butte's Holy Cross Cemetery on Sunday, about 500 feet from its destination, Bert Mooney Airport, according to published reports. The cause was under investigation.

Preliminary reports were that between 14 and 17 people onboard the plane died in the crash, including some children who may have been on a ski trip.

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