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Last updated: 3 December 2021
Date:Thursday 12 March 1964
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-30-DL (DC-3C)
Operator:Frontier Airlines (FL)
Registration: N61442
MSN: 9642
First flight: 1943
Total airframe hrs:30442
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Total:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:SE of Miles City Municipal Airport, MT (MLS) (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Billings-Logan Field, MT (BIL/KBIL), United States of America
Destination airport:Miles City Municipal Airport, MT (MLS/KMLS), United States of America
Flightnumber: 32
The DC-3 struck the crest of a 2615 feet high upslope (a few feet below airfield elevation) during an VOR approach to Miles City runway 30. Adverse weather conditions existed in the form of near-minima ceiling and visibility, icing, and high gusty winds.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The descent below obstructing terrain, for reasons undetermined, during an instrument approach in adverse weather conditions."



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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Billings-Logan Field, MT to Miles City Municipal Airport, MT as the crow flies is 215 km (134 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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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