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Last updated: 20 September 2018
Date:Tuesday 22 September 1953
Type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss C-46F-1-CU Commando
Operating for:North Star Airlines
Leased from:Caribbean-American Airlines
Registration: N1673M
C/n / msn: 22460
First flight: 1945
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 37
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 44
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:0,8 km (0.5 mls) E of Miles City Municipal Airport, MT (MLS) (   United States of America)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Miles City Municipal Airport, MT (MLS/KMLS), United States of America
Destination airport:?
The C-46 transport plane operated on a flight to fly 37 Korean War veterans from Seattle to Boston and Baltimore. A refueling stop had been made at Miles City. Shortly after takeoff a fire erupted on the no. 2 engine. The crew returned to the airport, but had to make a forced landing in a stubble field. The fuselage was consumed by the fire.

Forced landing outside airport

» Ottawa Citizen - Sep 23, 1953


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North Star Airlines crash early 1950s

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