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Hotel Owner, Family Die in Plane Crash



According to multiple news sources, the owner of several hotels in Michigan and Florida and his family died in a plane crash on Saturday after crashing in southeastern Montana.

National Transportation Safety Board is Investigating

Timothy Brown, 64, the owner of the historic Colonial Inn Hotel in Harbor Springs, Michigan, was on his way to Rapid City, South Dakota, with his wife and son when their plane crashed. Trisha Verhelle Brown, 45, and Theodore Brown, 13, were killed in the crash.

The family departed from Billings, Montana, and the crash occurred approximately 12 miles south of the small town of Boyes, Montana. The plane was a twin-engine Beechcraft Baron, according to multiple sources.

Sources say that they family was ultimately heading to Michigan, where one of the Brown’s hotel is located.

Aircraft Accident Statistics

While the number of aviation accidents has dropped over the years, the number of deaths resulting from these accidents remains high. Information below provided by the Aircraft Crashes Record Office (ACRO):

  • 2010– 130 accidents resulting in 1,115 deaths
  • 2009– 122 accidents resulting in 1,103 deaths
  • 2008– 156 accidents resulting in 884 deaths
  • 2007– 147 accidents resulting in 971 deaths
  • 2006– 166 accidents resulting in 1,294 deaths
  • 2005– 185 accidents resulting in 1,459 deaths

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