- The Washington Times - Monday, March 23, 2009

WASHINGTON (AP) - The air traffic controllers union won’t be involved in the investigation into the plane crash in Montana that killed 14 _ a likely indication that investigators didn’t find anything significant in the aircraft’s communications with controllers.

National Air Traffic Controllers Union spokesman Doug Church says federal safety investigators told the union Monday they won’t be a party to the investigation into the crash Sunday of the single engine turboprop plane.

The union routinely becomes part of National Transportation Safety Board investigations unless communications between air traffic controllers and the aircraft involved are insignificant.

The plane crashed on approach to the Bert Mooney Airport in Butte, Mont., killing all 14 people aboard.

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