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Accident description
Last updated: 15 December 2017
Status:
Date:Monday 6 January 1947
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-54B-5-DO (DC-4)
Operator:Northwest Airlines
Registration: NC95412
C/n / msn: 18330
First flight: 1944
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 37
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 41
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Chicago Municipal Airport, IL (MDW) (   United States of America)
Crash site elevation: 189 m (620 feet) amsl
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, MN (MSP/KMSP), United States of America
Destination airport:Chicago Municipal Airport, IL (MDW/KMDW), United States of America
Narrative:
Struck a concrete marker while approaching runway 22R at low altitude. The DC-4 slewed around and caught fire.

Sources:
» Air Britain Casualty compendium (pt. 45)


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Distance from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, MN to Chicago Municipal Airport, IL as the crow flies is 556 km (348 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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