Beschrijving: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 take-off 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.
|Datum:||10 MRT 1948|
|Luchtvaartmaatschappij:||Delta Air Lines|
|Bemanning:||slachtoffers: 4 / inzittenden: 4|
|Passagiers:||slachtoffers: 8 / inzittenden: 9|
|Totaal:||slachtoffers: 12 / inzittenden: 13 |
|Gevolgen:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Plaats:||Chicago, IL (Verenigde Staten)
|Fase:|| InitiŰle klim (ICL)|
|Soort vlucht:||Binnenlandse lijnvlucht|
|Vliegveld van vertrek:||Chicago Municipal Airport, IL (MDW/KMDW), Verenigde Staten|
|Vliegveld van aankomst:||Miami (unknown airport), FL, Verenigde Staten|
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."
» CAB File No. 1-0023Sample newspaper article from Newspaperarchive.com
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.