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Last updated: 6 December 2021
Datum:Dienstag 2 Juli 1946
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3-201F
Fluggesellschaft:Transcontinental & Western Air - TWA
Kennzeichen: NC28383
Werknummer: 4091
Baujahr: 1941
Triebwerk: 2 Wright R-1820-G202A
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 3
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 18
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 21
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:Chicago, IL (   USA)
Flugphase: Anfangssteigflug (ICL)
Betriebsart:Inländischer planmäßiger Passagierflug
Flug von:Chicago Municipal Airport, IL (MDW/KMDW), USA
Flug nach:South Bend Regional, IN (SBN/KSBN), USA
Flugnummer: 456
The no. 1 engine failed at 600 feet after takeoff and a return was made to the airport. Meanwhile the pilot tried to restart the engine. As the no. 2 engine failed as well, an emergency landing was carried out. The aircraft struck a telephone pole and came to rest on a railroad track.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was the complete loss of power in both engines due to fuel starvation necessitating an emergency landing in an unfavorable area. The cause for fuel starvation of the engines has not been determined."

» CAB File No. 1312-46


photo of Douglas-DC-3-201F-NC28383
accident date: 02-07-1946
type: Douglas DC-3-201F
registration: NC28383

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 South Bend Regional, IN as the crow flies is 119 km (74 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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