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Accident description
Last updated: 22 November 2017
Status:
Date:Thursday 28 August 1958
Time:03:29
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-6B
Operator:Northwest Orient Airlines
Registration: N575
C/n / msn: 45200/780
First flight: 1957
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney R-2800
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 58
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 62
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Minneapolis-St Paul International Airport, MN (   United States of America)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, MN (MSP/KMSP), United States of America
Destination airport:Portland International Airport, OR (PDX/KPDX), United States of America
Flightnumber: 537
Narrative:
The aircraft crashed on takeoff. Fire broke out following the evacuation of the plane.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The pilot's inattention to flight instruments during takeoff in conditions of reduced visibility."

Sources:
» ICAO Accident Digest, Circular 59-AN/54 (196-199)


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Distance from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, MN to Portland International Airport, OR as the crow flies is 2273 km (1421 miles).

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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