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Last updated: 16 November 2018
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Date:Wednesday 22 November 1950
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3C
Operator:New Tribes Mission
Registration: N74586
C/n / msn: 19711
First flight: 1944
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 18 / Occupants: 18
Total:Fatalities: 21 / Occupants: 21
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Mount Moran, WY (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Chico Airport, CA (CIC/KCIC), United States of America
Destination airport:Billings Municipal Airport, MT (BIL/KBIL), United States of America
Narrative:
The DC-3C crashed into a mountain in fog. Three crew, eight children and ten adults were killed. Last radio contact was at 15:48.
A rescue party located the wreckage on November 25, at an elevation of 3414 m, but the extreme location of the crash made it impossible to recover the plane or the bodies.

Sources:
» The Day 22 November 1950, p1
» Toledo Blade 22 November 1950, p1


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Distance from Chico Airport, CA to Billings Municipal Airport, MT as the crow flies is 1264 km (790 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s 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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Douglas DC-3

  • ca 13.000 built
  • 2868th loss
  • 950th fatal accident
  • 99th worst accident (at the time)
  • 202nd worst accident (currently)
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