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Last updated: 21 November 2019
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Date:Sunday 7 October 1951
Time:01:10
Type:Silhouette image of generic L18 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed 18-56-23 Lodestar
Operator:National Homes Corp.
Registration: N5545N
C/n / msn: 18-2364
First flight: 1943
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 6
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 7
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:13 km (8.1 mls) SW Lafayette, IN (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Executive
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:?
Narrative:
Crashed in bad weather and low ceiling in a soybean field and caught fire.
The airplane was flying officials from the National Homes Corp. Back home following a Canadian hunting trip. The Lodestar also carried deer, ducks and fish.

Sources:
» The Lockheed Twins / Peter J Marson
» The Southeast Missourian - Oct 8, 1951


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