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Last updated: 8 April 2020
Status:Schlussbericht
Datum:Mittwoch 10 März 1948
Zeit:22:58
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic DC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-4
Fluggesellschaft:Delta Air Lines
Kennzeichen: NC37478
Werknummer: 18390
Baujahr: 1944
Betriebsstunden:6509
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 4 / Insassen: 4
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 8 / Insassen: 9
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 12 / Insassen: 13
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:Chicago Municipal Airport, IL (MDW) (   USA)
Flugphase: Anfangssteigflug (ICL)
Betriebsart:Inländischer planmäßiger Passagierflug
Flug von:Chicago Municipal Airport, IL (MDW/KMDW), USA
Flug nach:Miami International Airport, FL (MIA/KMIA), USA
Flugnummer:DL705
Unfallbericht:
DC-4 NC37478 arrived at Chicago's Municipal Airport at 21:06. The airplane was prepared for the return flight to Miami and finally departed from the ramp at 22:45. Takeoff on the right north-south runway was started at 22:57. The takeoff roll and the first part of the climb appeared to be normal until it had reached an altitude between 150 and 200 feet. Then it assumed a very steep, near vertical, climbing attitude. At 500-800 feet the airplane appeared to stall, and the nose and right wing dropped. A partial recovery from the stall was made before the aircraft crashed to the ground and burst into flames.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was the loss of longitudinal control of the airplane. The cause for the loss of control remains undetermined."

Informationsquelle:
» CAB File No. 1-0023
» Chicago Tribune 11-3-1948


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photo of Douglas-DC-4-NC37478
accident date: 10-03-1948
type: Douglas DC-4
registration: NC37478
 

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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Chicago Municipal Airport, IL to Miami International Airport, FL as the crow flies is 1892 km (1183 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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-4

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