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Last updated: 3 June 2020
Datum:donderdag 30 oktober 1941
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3A-269
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:Northwest Airlines
Registratie: NC21712
Constructienummer: 2124
Bouwjaar: 1939
Motoren: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-SC3-G
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 2 / inzittenden: 3
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 12 / inzittenden: 12
Totaal:slachtoffers: 14 / inzittenden: 15
Schade: Vernield
Gevolgen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Plaats:Moorhead, MN (   Verenigde Staten)
Fase: Nadering (APR)
Soort vlucht:Binnenlandse lijnvlucht
Vliegveld van vertrek:Minneapolis-Wold-Chamberlain Field, MN (MSP/KMSP), Verenigde Staten
Vliegveld van aankomst:Fargo-Hector Field, ND (FAR/KFAR), Verenigde Staten
Vluchtnummer:Trip 5
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:
Investigating agency: CAB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 93 days (3 months)
Accident number: SA-53
Download report: Final report


photo of Douglas-DC-3A-269-NC21712
accident date: 30-10-1941
type: Douglas DC-3A-269
registration: NC21712

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 Minneapolis-Wold-Chamberlain Field, MN en Fargo-Hector Field, ND bedraagt 356 km (223 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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Douglas DC-3

  • ca 13.000 built
  • 32e ongeval
  • 17e dodelijk ongeval
  • 3e zwaarste ongeval (toen het plaatsvond)
  • 378e zwaarste ongeval (op dit moment)
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