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Nine members of same family were on Montana plane

The single-engine plane that crashed in Butte, Mont.,  on Sunday was carrying nine  family members of a prominent Redlands dentist on their way to a skiing vacation near Bozeman, a relative said today.

David Feldkamp identified the family members killed as Dr. Vanessa Pullen, her husband, Mike, and their two children, plus Pullen's sister, Amy Jacobson of St. Helena, her husband, Erin, and their three children. The women are the daughters of Dr. Irving 'Bud' Feldkamp III, who owns a string of dental offices in Redlands and was driving up to meet the family in Montana, according to David Feldkamp, who is Bud Feldkamp’s cousin.

Feldkamp said Pullen was a pediatrician and her husband was a dentist. Their two children, a boy and a girl, were Christopher, 8, and Sidney, 10.  Jacobson was a dental hygienist in St. Helena who had three children: Taylor, 4; Ava, 3; and Jude, 2.

The pilot, Bud Summerfield, lived in Highland and had flown the family for 10 years, according to Feldkamp. “He is accomplished and careful, dotting his `i's' and crossing his 't's' and filing his flight plans,” Feldkamp said. “If you were in the position to hire a pilot, this is the guy you would hire. We called him Air Bud. My wife has flown with him. There are none better.”

According to Feldkamp, the plane left San Diego for Redlands, where he thinks the pilot may have picked up some personal gear. From there, it flew to Vacaville, where Feldkamp's relatives got on. It then made another stop at Oroville, where another couple and their two children boarded, he said.  The Oroville family was heading for a house near Yellowstone National Park.

News of the crash has devastated the family, David Feldkamp  said.

Bud Feldkamp, who is in Butte, lost a grandchild in an accident a few years earlier. “He is an incredible person who is loved by so many,” David Feldkamp said. “His businesses have brought so much good and so much joy. I can’t imagine his thoughts right now.”

-- David Kelly

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Condoloences to the family, thats a horrible tragedy.

Unbelievably tragic. I don't know how close surviving family members go on after a devasting loss like this. Two daughters, the daughters' husbands, and five grandchildren...I pray for the grandparents. This reminds me of an extended family of twelve from Atlanta and Durham, NC that all perished a few years ago in a small aircraft crash while on a dream vacation in Kenya.

I do feel really bad for the families involved, but it just blows my mind that the plane seems to have been overloaded in terms of passengers. To think someone would take the risk with so many of their most beloved people is just amazing. I look forward to hearing more from the NTSB findings.

david kelly, thankyou so much for your consciencous handling of this story. We are all so sad for Bud and Pam and my brother David is doing a hero's job of consoling and doing what he can. thankyou, nancy

It is premature to cast aspersions on whether or not the plance was "overloaded". Without discrediting the media, they have been known to be premature with information including the allegation that 17 people were killed, which we now know isn't true.

I personally know Bud Feldkamp. There is no more responsible, kind, civic-minded person, business owner or father. He donates time to local and other causes and has affected so many people's lives that his loss is unspeakable. My prayers are to Bud, his family, other victims and their families. I honestly would do anything that I can to help.

I am consumed by this tragedy and praying for all of you. I cannot fathom what would happen to my psyche if I lost so many family members in one event. I take solace in the fact that you are all God loving and that you can rely on your faith. There are 14 new Angels in Heaven.
God bless, Liliane Shepard Lincoln, CA

My heart goes out to the Feldkamps. I was Dr. Feldkamps
dental assistant for 5 years, and met his family. This is such a loss. I know their are devastated. I am so very sorry for your

Erin Noltmann

Is this the same man who is owner of an abortion facility known as Family Planning Associates?

Owns "a string of dental offices"? This is a very biased news article. Any reporter doing on a piece on this should very well know that Bud and Pam Feldkamp operate the biggest abortion mill in the state of California, and are personally repsonisble for the termination of thousands of young lives.

They would also know that the Feldkamp plane crashed into a Catholic cemetary that has a monument erected for the millions of babies who died from abortion.

I understand that one of the child rights activists who stood outside the Feldkamp mansion holding a photo of a prenatal child was laughed at by Pam Feldkamp just days before this accident, and as Bud came out the activist said, "Think of your children."

It's a tragedy, yes, but this article is incredibly biased. Especially the ending, about how the Feldkamp businesses bring about so much joy. Abortion brings joy to who? The babies, the parents, who?

Please, let's don't celebrate this horrific event because this family was involved in the abortion industry. As Christ said, "he who is without sin may cast the first stone." We have the same hope for this family as for anyone who is lost. Let's pray for this family in their pain that God would show Himself to them in his love and mercy. What an impact they could have on the world! Father, only you can reach their hurt. Send someone to show them your mercy.

families are lost..... you all are freaks to bring abortion into this

This is a very tragic accident and a very biased news article, but you can never get the whole story from the fascist media. David Kelly you did your job but neglected to mention that he also owned a string of abortion clinics and profits from that allowed these people to take a vacation 96% of the nation can only dream about. That cold comment aside, my heart felt sorry goes out to anyone who suffers such a tragedy and such an awful loss. Pam and Bud may you find peace and rethink your views on terminating young life.

my heart and thoughts and prayers go out to the feldkamps. i worked as an rda for his dental practice and they are very kind hearted and a beautiful family. their loss is unimaginable and there is no reason for any of you to comment that this was "what he gets" kind of comments.
chrisitna leon

The pilot, Bud Summerfield, was a friend for over 50 years - we were college roommates. My heart goes out to his wife and family. We'll all miss Bud. YITB, Jim [email protected]

This is a very unfortunate story for this dental hygienist and her family. My condolences.


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