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Accident description
Last updated: 19 October 2017
Status:
Date:Monday 17 November 1952
Time:14:30
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
C/n / msn: 10579
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 16
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:19 km (11.9 mls) NW Billings, MT (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Edmonton (unknown airport), AB, Canada
Destination airport:Denver (unknown airport), CO, United States of America
Narrative:
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.

Sources:
» 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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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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