There is an update regarding the small Plane Crash that occurred July 18th, 2015
near Cody that left four people dead.
The National Transportation Safety Board determined the probable cause of
this accident was a failed left engine which caused the pilot to lose
control of the airplane. However, the reason for the loss of power could
not be determined during post-accident engine examination.
The pilot was Donald Edward Scott, age 66 from Denver, Colorado. He was
accompanied by his friend, Joyce Bartoo, age unknown, from Washington DC as
well as his sister, Diane Jean Stubbs, age 68 and her husband, Gerald Bruce
Stubbs, age 69 both from Annapolis, Maryland. All four died in the crash.
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The aircraft left the Sheridan County Airport Saturday morning, July 18th
sometime after 11:00 a.m. bound for Billings, Montana. According to Salt
Lake City air traffic control, shortly after takeoff, the plane deviated
from its scheduled flight path and headed to Yellowstone National Park.
After circling the park, the pilot radioed Salt Lake City and requested a
new IFR (Instrument Flight Rules) heading to Billings. Salt Lake City
approved the new flight plan and advised the pilot to climb to 14,800 feet.
The pilot responded correctly to the instructions given, however shortly
afterward the plane suddenly turned due east towards Cody and immediately
went into a steep descent. No further voice contact was made as the plane
dropped below radar at 11:56 a.m. Salt Lake City then contacted the Park
County 911 Communications Center and advised of the approximate location of
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*All photos provided by – Park County Sheriff’s Dept. / Pitchengine