It's 17.Max pax for the PC-12 is 9 pax plus pilots. So I doubt the 17 number. Typical of the MSM, more important to get the story out first and worry about the facts later!
Flight aware has it as N128CM.
My thoughts and prayers go out to all those families effected.
Let's not speculate since we don't know the facts.
I flew freight in and out of BTM many years back. There are two cemeteries on the west side of the airport and if memory serves me Holy Cross Cemetery is south of the terminal and Butte Aviation.
Looking at flightaware, this guy was coming from the southwest (from the Salmon VOR). No radar coverage below 10,800'.
The wind on the last METAR was 300@8 favoring runway 33. Could he have been on a 45 for a right downwind to runway 15, then just turning downwind he decided to make a 180 right over the Holy Cross Cemetery and enter a left downwind for 33, at which point the PC-12 got too slow?
I know, speculation, speculation. My Bad.
That's an aspect that isn't yet clear to me....And another thing ... every time something like this happens it reflects on all charter and corp pilots.
NJAOwner--- hardly one qualified to speculate of course. Since you are an "owner", how many times have you and your friends come to attempt to overload your airplane for the wary crew? I've flown many supplemental trips for NJA and have seen this myself.
The guy in the back is hardly in a position to speculate from a pilot's perspective.