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.
|Date:||Saturday 8 December 1945|
|Operating for:||Northwest Airlines|
|Leased from:||United States Army Air Force - USAAF|
|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|
» Fatal Army Air Forces Aviation Accidents in the United States, 1941-1945, Vol. 3: August 1944-December 1945 / Anthony J. Mireles
This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not
display the exact flight path.
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.