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Plane owned by Utah company crashes into Montana building

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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- A small airplane owned by a Utah company that was working for the Postal Service crashed in Montana early today, scattering mail for two miles.

Officials say the fiery crash killed the pilot.

The plane had just taken off from Billings Logan International Airport when it crashed into a construction materials building just after 1 this morning.

A witness told The Billings Gazette the plane was upside down before it plunged down.

Provo-based Alpine Air, which owned the plane, confirmed it was carrying mail bound for Great Falls and Havre.

Postal Service spokeswoman Lisa Bloomquist says workers were gathering what remained of more than 4,000 pounds of mail loaded on the plane.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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