- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 25, 2009

BUTTE, MONT. (AP) - Authorities investigating a plane crash that killed 14 say an autopsy on the pilot’s body could reveal whether a medical emergency was at fault.

However, Butte-Silver Bow County Coroner Lee LeBreche cautioned that a complete autopsy may be impossible because of the violent nature of the crash. The autopsy was under way Wednesday.

The plane carrying three families to a Montana ski vacation diverted from its original destination of Bozeman, Mont., for unknown reasons Sunday afternoon. A half-hour later witnesses saw it nosedive into a cemetery near the Butte airport.

LeBreche says he is nearing positive identification of the victims, including seven children from three families.

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