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Reader document sleuth Matt Potter has traced the apparent San Diego connections of the owner of the plane that crashed in Montana. Records show that the owner of the plane is Eagle Cap Leasing of Enterprise, Oregon. President of the company is Irving M. Feldkamp III of Redlands, who also owns Glen Helen Raceway. Irving M. Feldkamp IV, who has been identified in print as the son of Irving M. Feldkamp III, is agent for service of process of Allcare Medical Management. Irving M. Feldkamp IV is also agent for service of process for Family Planning Associates Medical Group. Family Planning has offices around California, including at 7340 Miramar Road, according to its website. The website says that the company provides gynecological and abortion services.

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SurfPuppy619 March 23, 2009 @ 1:29 p.m.

The plane originated in Redlands, and stopped in Oroville before heading on to Montana.

I pray to go that the plane did not crash from being overloaded.

Poor children.

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econobiker March 23, 2009 @ 2:05 p.m.

While very sad that this happened, the ultra wealthy have to obey the same laws of physics as the poor.

The pilot is probably responsible for overloading the plane because he got tired of them complaining "we just have to bring more bags with us" to the private luxury ski club... And how do you figure children weights- there are some 9 year olds who weigh 100lbs now a days...

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paul March 23, 2009 @ 2:32 p.m.

SurfPuppy619: The plane actually originated at San Diego's Brown field (not Redlands) and then flew to Redlands, Vacaville and oroville before heading for Butte.

econobiker: They very well may have overloaded the plane with stuff, but it is hard to argue that the weight of two extra people was an issue when you include kids aged 1, 3, 4, 4, 5, 7 and 9. Those seven kids would be less than the equivalent of 3 adults (even if the kids are exceptionally well fed). The 1 and 3 year olds could definitely be on laps, and the 4 year olds could also be on laps at least part of the time if needed.

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SurfPuppy619 March 23, 2009 @ 3:13 p.m.

I read the pilot was a Redlands Dentist and the plane originated from Redlands, thatwas just what I read in the LA Times.

I know this, they are saying it was overloaded and if that turns out to be the reason it will be one of the stupidest things I have ever seen-having young children fly in an overlaoded plane.

Outrage.

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paul March 23, 2009 @ 4:08 p.m.

Not that it really matters much, but the AP was quoting Flight Aware, a service that tracks air traffic, and for some reason Mayor Sanders' press secretary also released a statement that the plane originated at Brown Field.

Assuming the plane was overloaded when it left California, wouldn't it be substantially lighter by the time it got to Wyoming because of the fuel burned?

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SurfPuppy619 March 23, 2009 @ 6:16 p.m.

Assuming the plane was overloaded when it left California, wouldn't it be substantially lighter by the time it got to Wyoming because of the fuel burned?

That is what I was thinking too.

What might have happened is they had too much luggage and it was not properly secured and it shifted.

Just wild speculation on my part based on a DHL job I had in college where we loaded the DHL packages on a small plane at the Montgomery Field airport in KM-it had to be weighted properly and secured.

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Don Bauder March 23, 2009 @ 6:41 p.m.

Response to post #1: The last information I saw indicated that there were about 3 more passengers than are allowed on a plane of that size. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder March 23, 2009 @ 6:43 p.m.

Response to post #2: Government investigations will ultimately show if mistakes such as these were made. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder March 23, 2009 @ 6:45 p.m.

Response to post #3: Yes, the plane originated in San Diego. I don't know what the regulations are on little children: e.g., X number of 4 year olds equals 1 adult, etc. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder March 23, 2009 @ 6:47 p.m.

Response to post #4: I believe Feldkamp III is a dentist. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder March 23, 2009 @ 6:48 p.m.

Response to post #5: Yes, but it made all those stops. Perhaps it refueled along the way. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder March 23, 2009 @ 6:49 p.m.

Response to post #6: A lot of this is speculation. It will be interesting what the reports indicate. Best, Don Bauder

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trestles March 23, 2009 @ 7:39 p.m.

The Associated Press

WASHINGTON - Speculation over the crash of a single-engine turboprop plane into a cemetery shifted to ice on the wings Monday after it became less likely that overloading was to blame, given that half of the 14 people on board were small children.

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Don Bauder March 23, 2009 @ 10:22 p.m.

Response to post #13: More speculation. We have to wait for the official reports. Best, Don Bauder

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blackjack March 29, 2009 @ 1:01 a.m.

The plane originated in Cabo, cleared customs at Brown Field on Saturday, flew to Redlands unloaded,refueled Sunday and flew north to pickup passengers.On the second leg of the flight the plane picked up the last couple and refueled.Does not appear to be any type of overloading or icing at the moment. If same pilot, 65 years old, maybe overtired?heart attack being questioned at this time, we may never know. Tragic ending to beautiful young families.

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Don Bauder March 29, 2009 @ 7:30 a.m.

Response to post #15: It could be any of many factors. The pilot's age is certainly something to ponder. Best, Don Bauder

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