Led Development Work On Microsoft Office Software
A former Microsoft executive and his pilot were killed Saturday
afternoon, when the Pilatus PC-12 they were flying crashed shortly
after takeoff from the airport in Big Timber, MT.
Investigators with the NTSB say they don't know who was
operating as PIC of the aircraft... but they believe Jeffrey M.
Harbers was receiving flight instruction from 31-year-old pilot
Jason Barton when the single-engine plane came out of the sky.
Investigators aren't yet sure what brought the plane down.
Harbers, 54, led engineering and development work on Microsoft's
Office software program during the 1980s, according to friend and
former Microsoft co-worker Jeff Raikes. He also served as director
of Microsoft applications development, before leaving the company
in the early 90s to devote his time to environmental causes.
The FAA's online registry database showed the accident plane was
registered to Harbers' venture capital firm, JMH Capital LLC in
Medina, WA. Harbers maintained a home in the upscale Seattle
suburb, as well as a ranch near Big Timber.
created 6/26/2006 Record 3
Make/Model: PC12 Description: PC-12,
Date: 06/24/2006 Time: 2030
Event Type: Accident Highest Injury:
Fatal Mid Air: N Missing:
City: BIG TIMBER State: MT Country:
ACFT AFTER DEPARTURE, CRASHED 5 MILES SOUTHEAST OF THE
AIRPORT, THE TWO
PERSONS ON BOARD WERE FATALLY INJURED, BIG TIMBER, MT
INJURY DATA Total
# Crew: 2 Fat:
# Pass: 0 Fat:
Fat: 0 Ser:
WEATHER: METAR KLVM 241953Z AUTO 06017G23KT 10SM CLR 23/06
Departed: BIG TIMBER,
Dep Date: Dep.
Last Radio Cont:
FAA FSDO: HELENA, MT
Entry date: 06/26/2006