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Date:Monday 17 November 1952
Type:Silhouette image of generic C119 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Fairchild C-119C-25-FA Flying Boxcar
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 51-2590
MSN: 10579
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 16
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:19 km (11.9 mls) NW of Billings, MT (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Edmonton (unknown airport), AB, Canada
Destination airport:Denver (unknown airport), CO, United States of America
A Fairchild C-119C Flying Boxcar transport plane was damaged beyond repair in an accident near Billings, MT. Eight occupants were killed, eight survived.
The airplane was en route from Edmonton to Denver when it developed engine problems. At 9000 feet a propeller failed, puncturing the fuselage. Vibrations caused the no. 1 engine to break loose from its mountings. The pilot carried out a crash-landing and the C-119 bounced across a ditch before coming to rest in a muddy field.

» Helena Independent Record 18-11-1952
» Legion to honor '52 crash victims (Billings Gazette 25-4-2007)
» St. Petersburg Times - Nov 18, 1952


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