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Accident description
Last updated: 12 December 2017
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Date:Friday 26 January 1962
Time:15:30
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-75-DL (DC-3)
Operator:Air National Guard
Registration: 42-100861
C/n / msn: 19324
First flight: 1943
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Total:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:40 km (25 mls) N of Helena, MT (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Helena Airport, MT (HLN/KHLN), United States of America
Destination airport:Cut Bank Airport, MT (CTB/KCTB), United States of America
Narrative:
A Douglas C-47A operated by the U.S National Guard crashed in Wolf Creek Canyon in a heavy snow storm.
The aircraft was carrying governor of Montana Donald Grant Nutter (46), his executive secretary and the State Agriculture Commissioner.

Sources:
» The Douglas DC-1/DC-2/DC-3 - the first seventy years / J.M. Gradidge
» The Free Lance-Star - Jan 27, 1962


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Distance from Helena Airport, MT to Cut Bank Airport, MT as the crow flies is 223 km (139 miles).

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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