Airplane Crash - Near Missoula, Montana 10/28/1960

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Near Missoula, Montana


Date10/28/1960
Time11:39
LocationNear Missoula, Montana
OperatorNorthwest Orient Airlines
Flight #104
RouteSpokane - Missoula
TypeDouglas C-54A-DC
RegistrationN48762
Cn/In10320
Aboard12
Fatalities12
Ground0
SummaryCrashed into mountains in snow showers while descending to Missoula. The aircraft entered a steep left banking turn and the nose was raised in an apparent attempt to turn and climb out through an intersecting valley, however, the aircraft continued to sink toward the ground, rolled to the left and crashed inverted. The failure of the pilot to continue in accordance with his IFR flight plan by attempting a VFR approach during instrument weather conditions.

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