MONTANA AIRCRAFT CRASH SITES
Maintained by Thomas Nagorski © 2010
There are accidents, and then there are "Accidents." The crop duster that goes down in a field, with no injury to the pilot, and is later recovered and rebuilt, gets the same title as a major calamity. And then there are the crashes that, because of intent or stupidity, are no accident at all but instead, suicides.
Generally, what interests people are those occurrences that involve much attention, loss of life, or an airframe left on a hillside. Crash sites which have been cleaned, or accidents which later saw the aircraft rebuilt to fly another day, leave little physical record of the event except in the files of accident reports.
When I flew search and rescue I obtained crash site lists from the Air Force Rescue and Recovery Center. This was a glimpse into lost stories of aviation drama. But which accidents were "major" and which "minor?" And what was left of the event? The crash site list provided no answers. Over the years I noticed that not all reported crashes were listed. The internet has been a great source of additional information. Even so, each database seems incomplete. With this site I capture a more extensive listing of aviation accidents in Montana.
Thar's gold in them thar hills -- aviation history rich in drama and lessons. For a small period of time, these accidents were the most important things happening in many people's lives. To forget that is to dishonor the past that contributed to the aviation advancements we enjoy today.
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