Accident
Last updated: 31 October 2014
Status:Definitief
Datum:donderdag 17 maart 1960
Tijd:15:25
Type:Lockheed L-188C Electra
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:Northwest Orient Airlines
Registratie: N121US
Constructienummer: 1057
Bouwjaar: 1959
Aantal vlieguren:1786
Motoren: 4 Allison 501-D13
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 6 / inzittenden: 6
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 57 / inzittenden: 57
Totaal:slachtoffers: 63 / inzittenden: 63
Schade: Afgeschreven
Gevolgen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Plaats:9 km (5.6 mijl) NE of Cannelton, IN (   Verenigde Staten) show on map
Fase: Kruisvlucht (ENR)
Soort vlucht:Binnenlandse lijnvlucht
Vliegveld van vertrek:Chicago-Midway Airport, IL (MDW/KMDW), Verenigde Staten
Vliegveld van aankomst:Miami International Airport, FL (MIA/KMIA), Verenigde Staten
Vluchtnummer: 710
Beschrijving:
Electra N121US was operating on Northwest Flight 710 from Minneapolis (MSP) to Chicago (MDW) and Miami (MIA). The flight departed Minneapolis at 12:51 and arrived at Midway at 13:55. During the short time the aircraft was on the ground at Chicago, approximately 30 minutes, it was refueled and prepared for continuation of the flight to Miami. The flight departed Chicago at 14:38. At 14:45, the flight reported to the Indianapolis, Indiana, ARTC Center over Milford at 18,000 feet and estimating Scotland, Indiana, at 15:12. At 15:13, Flight 710 reported over Scotland maintaining 18,000 feet and estimating Bowling Green, Kentucky, at 15:35. This was the last radio contact with the flight.
At 15:25 the outboard engines and engine support structures, the complete right wing, and the outer portions of the left wing and ailerons separated in flight. The aircraft crashed out of control.


PROBABLE CAUSE: "The Board determines that tho probable cause of this accident was the separation of the right wing in flight due to flutter induced by oscillations of the outboard nacelles. Contributing factors were a reduced stiffness of the structure and the entry of the aircraft into an area of severe clear air turbulence. "

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Veiligheidsmaatregelen
Modifications to all Lockheed Electra aircraft which included nacelle-wing improvements.

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Kaart
Deze kaart geeft het vliegveld van vetrek weer en de geplande bestemming van de vlucht. De lijn tussen de vliegvelden geeft niet de exacte vliegroute weer.
De afstand tussen Chicago-Midway Airport, IL en Miami International Airport, FL bedraagt 1892 km (1183 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkĺs 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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