Accident description
Last updated: 28 July 2014
Status:
Date:Saturday 8 December 1945
Time:02:13
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47B-45-DK (DC-3)
Operating for:Northwest Airlines
Leased from:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 45-922
C/n / msn: 16925/34183
First flight: 1945
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-90C
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 17 / Occupants: 21
Total:Fatalities: 19 / Occupants: 23
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:0,4 km (0.3 mls) S of Billings Municipal Airport, MT (BIL) (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Fargo-Hector Field, ND (FAR/KFAR), United States of America
Destination airport:Billings Municipal Airport, MT (BIL/KBIL), United States of America
Narrative:
A Douglas C-47B was destroyed when it crashed in poor weather while on approach to Billings Municipal Airport, MT (BIL). The airplane was being operated by Northwest Airlines on an Army charter flight from Fargo, ND carrying war veterans. Weather at Billings was poor with snowfall and it was night. The airplane manoeuvred around the field for an approach and landing when it lost altitude. The C-47 struck trees, crashed and burned.

Sources:
» Fatal Army Air Forces Aviation Accidents in the United States, 1941-1945, Vol. 3: August 1944-December 1945 / Anthony J. Mireles


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Distance from Fargo-Hector Field, ND to Billings Municipal Airport, MT as the crow flies is 901 km (563 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkĺs opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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