Accident Douglas C-47B-45-DK (DC-3) 45-922, Saturday 8 December 1945
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Date:Saturday 8 December 1945
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Douglas C-47B-45-DK (DC-3)
Owner/operator:Northwest Airlines
Registration: 45-922
MSN: 34183/16925
Year of manufacture:1945
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney R-1830-90C
Fatalities:Fatalities: 19 / Occupants: 23
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:0,4 km S of Billings Municipal Airport, MT (BIL) -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Nature:Passenger - Non-Scheduled/charter/Air Taxi
Departure airport:Fargo-Hector Field, ND (FAR/KFAR)
Destination airport:Billings Municipal Airport, MT (BIL/KBIL)
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.


Fatal Army Air Forces Aviation Accidents in the United States, 1941-1945, Vol. 3: August 1944-December 1945 / Anthony J. Mireles


  • 73rd worst accident in 1945
  • 282nd worst accident of this aircraft type
  • 79th worst accident of this aircraft type at the time


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