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Last updated: 23 October 2017
Statuts:Enquête Officielle
Date:jeudi 30 octobre 1941
Heure:02:04
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3A-269
Compagnie:Northwest Airlines
Immatriculation: NC21712
Numéro de série: 2124
Année de Fabrication: 1939
Moteurs: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-SC3-G
Equipage:victimes: 2 / à bord: 3
Passagers:victimes: 12 / à bord: 12
Total:victimes: 14 / à bord: 15
Dégats de l'appareil: Détruit
Conséquences: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Lieu de l'accident:Moorhead, MN (   Etats-Unis d'Amérique)
Phase de vol: En approche (APR)
Nature:Transport de Passagers Nat.
Aéroport de départ:Minneapolis-Wold-Chamberlain Field, MN (MSP/KMSP), Etats-Unis d'Amérique
Aéroport de destination:Fargo-Hector Field, ND (FAR/KFAR), Etats-Unis d'Amérique
Numéro de vol:Trip 5
Détails:
Crashed in fog due to icing. Twelve passengers and three crew were on board. The pilot Clarence Bates was the only survivor.

Northwest Airlines Trip 5 originated at Chicago Municipal Airport, Illinois with Seattle, Washington as its destination. Intermediate stops were scheduled at Minneapolis, Minnesota; Fargo, North Dakota; Billings, Montana; Butte, Montana and Spokane, Washington.

Probable Cause:

Probable Cause:
The failure of the aircraft, when the inboard portions of the wing were stalled, to respond to the application of full power in the manner reasonably to be expected in the light of the aeronatical knowledge then available.

Contributing factors:
1. Accumulation of ice on the wings and other surfaces of the airplane, increasing the stalling speed and the drag of the airplane on the power required to maintain flight.
2. Failure of the captain, due to his having lost confidence in the airspeed meters, to realize his close approach to a stalled condition.
3. Action of the captain in descending to attempt a landing at Fargo with known icing conditions and critical ceiling conditions, instead of proceeding to an available alternative.
4. Failure of the dispatcher to recognize the seriousness of weather conditions in the vicinity of Fargo and to direct the pilot to proceed to his alternate.

Accident investigation:
cover
Investigating agency: CAB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 93 days (3 months)
Accident number: SA-53
Download report: Final report


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Ce plan montre l'aéroport de départ ainsi que la supposée destination du vol. La ligne fixe reliant les deux aéroports n'est pas le plan de vol exact.
La distance entre Minneapolis-Wold-Chamberlain Field, MN et Fargo-Hector Field, ND est de 356 km (223 miles).

Les informations ci-dessus ne représentent pas l'opinion de la 'Flight Safety Foundation' ou de 'Aviation Safety Network' sur les causes de l'accident. Ces informations prélimimaires sont basées sur les faits tel qu'ils sont connus à ce jour.
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