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A-10 crash investigators focus on mystery call

Button July 25, 1997
Web posted at: 8:06 p.m. EDT (0006 GMT)

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Air Force officials still want to know why an A-10 attack plane went 800 miles off-course in April and crashed into a Colorado mountain peak.

Sources told CNN that Air Force investigators are focusing on a telephone call that seemed to distress Capt. Craig Button, the pilot of the A-10, on the night before his fatal flight.

While it had been rumored that Button may have been homosexual or had AIDS, toxicology reports reveal he was not HIV positive, and investigators say they have no evidence to suggest he was gay.

But officials learned from Button's roommate that Button became upset by a phone call the night before the flight. They have been unable to determine whom the call was from, or the substance of the call.

Investigators say there is no evidence that family problems or financial troubles were a source of anxiety for Button. They also have been unable to find evidence that he was affiliated with right-wing militia groups, as was rumored.


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