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Last updated: 2 December 2021
Statuts:Enquête Officielle
Date:vendredi 17 décembre 1954
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic L37 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed B-34 Lexington
Compagnie:Miller Brewing Company
Immatriculation: N44M
Numéro de série: 4820
Année de Fabrication: 1942
Heures de vol:822
Moteurs: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-2800-31
Equipage:victimes: 2 / à bord: 2
Passagers:victimes: 2 / à bord: 2
Total:victimes: 4 / à bord: 4
Dégats de l'appareil: Détruit
Conséquences: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Lieu de l'accident:1 km (0.6 milles) N of Milwaukee-General Mitchell Airport, WI (MKE) (   Etats-Unis d'Amérique)
Phase de vol: Au décollage (TOF)
Aéroport de départ:Milwaukee-General Mitchell Airport, WI (MKE/KMKE), Etats-Unis d'Amérique
Aéroport de destination:Winnipeg International Airport, MB (YWG/CYWG), Canada
A Lockheed Ventura, N44M took off from runway 1 of Milwaukee-General Mitchell Airport, Wisconsin, USA, at approximately 17:08 for an IFR flight to Winnipeg, Canada.
Aboard were two pilots and two passengers: Fred Miller, Sr, President of the Miller Brewing Company, and his son.
As the aircraft was passing over the northern boundary of the airport, after an apparently normal takeoff, the Mitchell Field Tower Controller received the message, "an engine on fire" and "making an emergency landing."
The aircraft, which had started a turn to the left at this time, was cleared to return to the airport and use any runway. The pilot then reported an engine feathered. As the controller turned up all runway lights to the highest intensity, personnel in the tower observed a mushrooming mass of flame just north of the field. The aircraft had crashed in a nose-down right-wing-low attitude in an open field approx. 3,200 feet north of the airport and west of the extended runway 1 centreline.

Probable Cause:

Probable cause: "The failure of the left engine, together with a reduction of power in the right engine following takeoff, which prevented normal single-engine performance. This condition together with the fact that the aircraft was overloaded for single-engine performance resulted in loss of control."



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Ce plan montre l'aéroport de départ ainsi que la supposée destination du vol. La ligne fixe reliant les deux aéroports n'est pas le plan de vol exact.
La distance entre Milwaukee-General Mitchell Airport, WI et Winnipeg International Airport, MB est de 1045 km (653 miles).

Les informations ci-dessus ne représentent pas l'opinion de la 'Flight Safety Foundation' ou de 'Aviation Safety Network' sur les causes de l'accident. Ces informations prélimimaires sont basées sur les faits tel qu'ils sont connus à ce jour.
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