Accident Douglas C-47A-90-DL (DC-3) 43-15738,
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Date:Monday 18 September 1944
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Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Douglas C-47A-90-DL (DC-3)
Owner/operator:Northwest Airlines
Registration: 43-15738
MSN: 20204
Year of manufacture:1944
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Fatalities:Fatalities: 19 / Occupants: 19
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Category:Accident
Location:Mt. Deception, AK -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Anchorage (unknown airport), AK
Destination airport:Fairbanks International Airport, AK (FAI/PAFA)
Narrative:
The C-47 was approximately 35 miles off course en route from Anchorage to Fairbanks, Alaska. The crew apparently was flying at 12,000 feet when they encountered a severe downdraft, which forced them to go on instruments into the clouds. The C-47 hit belly first with the fuselage splitting open, then slid down a precipitous slope coming to rest a third of a mile down from the point of impact.

Sources:

1947 Mount Deception C-47 Wreck
USAAS-USAAC-USAAF-USAF Aircraft Serial Numbers--1908 to Present / Joe Baugher
Remembering Our Heritage

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