Alpine Air Express

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Alpine Air Express
IATA ICAO Callsign
5A AIP ALPINE AIR
Founded 1972
Hubs Billings Logan International Airport,[1] Provo Municipal Airport
Fleet size 26
Destinations 15
Headquarters Provo, Utah USA
Website http://www.alpine-air.com

Alpine Air Express is an American airline based in Provo, Utah, USA. It operates scheduled air cargo services on over 15 routes throughout Utah, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Montana. Its main base is the Provo Municipal Airport.[2]

History[edit]

The airline was established in 1972. It originally operated scheduled passenger and cargo services, aircraft maintenance and a flight school, but now concentrates on cargo services. The airline tried to establish Alpine Air Chile,[3] in an attempt to enter Chile's air freight market. The project was not successful and was discontinued in 2005, with three Beechcraft 1900C being re-integrated into the US fleet.[2]

Fleet[edit]

The Alpine Air Express fleet includes the following aircraft (at March 2007):[2]

Incidents[edit]

October 1992—An Alpine Air PA-42 deviated off course and crashed into a mesa in Grand Junction, CO while operating as an airtaxi flight. There were three fatalities: the pilot and two passengers.

August 2004—While operating a Billings to Kalispell, MT flight for the US Postal Service, the Beech 99 crashed into Big Baldy mountain, located near Great Falls, MT. Two crewmembers died.[4]

January 2008—An Alpine Air Raytheon Beech 1900 crashed into the Pacific Ocean on a cargo flight between Honolulu Intl Airport and Lihue Intl in Hawaii. This crash claimed one life: the pilot of the aircraft.[5][6]

May 2008—Upon departure from Billings, MT, ATC instructed the Beech 1900C to turn left. The Part 135 cargo plane slowly turned right and crashed into a warehouse nearby. Witnesses say the plane was inverted prior to the crash which claimed the life of the single pilot on board.[7]

February 2010-A cargo door came unlatched on an airborne Alpine Air Express Beech 99 carrying mail from Billings, MT to Kalispell,MT at about 1:30 a.m. The plane was about 40 miles north of Lewistown, MT when the pilot noted a light on the instrument panel had come on, indicating the door was unlatched. Because there was about 3,000 pounds of mail cargo in between the pilot and the door, he couldn’t close it. Because the door is located below the plane’s airstream, even when open it wouldn’t compromise the ability to fly and land the plane.[4]

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