Date: August 17, 2004
Time: 23:40
Location: Great Falls, Montana
Operator: Alpine Air Express
Flight #: 5071
Route: Billings - Kalispell
AC Type: Beechcraft 99
Registration: N199GL
cn / ln: U-15
Aboard: 2   (passengers:0  crew:2)
Fatalities: 2   (passengers:0  crew:2)
Ground: 0
Summary: The cargo plane, carrying mail on behalf of the U.S. Postal Service crashed into the side of Big Baldy mountain in poor weather. The pilot's failure to maintain adequate terrain clearance during cruise, which resulted in the in-flight collision with mountainous terrain. Dark night conditions and mountainous terrain were contributing factors.

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