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Last updated: 29 November 2021
Datum:vrijdag 5 augustus 1955
Type:Boeing 377 Stratocruiser 10-30
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:Northwest Orient Airlines
Registratie: N74601
Constructienummer: 15947/16
Bouwjaar: 1949-03-18 (6 years 5 months)
Aantal vlieguren:16861
Motoren: 4 Pratt & Whitney R-4360-B6
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 8
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 60
Totaal:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 68
Schade: Groot
Gevolgen: Repaired
Plaats:Chicago-Midway Airport, IL (MDW) (   Verenigde Staten)
Fase: Landing (LDG)
Soort vlucht:Binnenlandse lijnvlucht
Vliegveld van vertrek:Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport/Wold-Chamberlain Field, MN (MSP/KMSP), Verenigde Staten
Vliegveld van aankomst:Chicago-Midway Airport, IL (MDW/KMDW), Verenigde Staten
Northwest Flight 410 originated at Minneapolis, Minnesota, with its destination Chicago, Illinois. Departure was from Minneapolis at 11:30 on an IFR flight plan. The en route and descent parts of the flight were uneventful.
At 12:56 radio frequency was changed to Midway Tower and the flight was then advised to report west of the field for a left turn for landing on runway 31L. Flight 410 was number three to land in a sequence pattern of five aircraft. Touchdown was about one-quarter down the runway, and the landing roll continued to the end of the runway without appreciable deceleration. At the end of the runway a slight turn to the left was made and the aircraft crossed several hundred feet of grassy area before crashing through the chain link fence bordering the airport. The aircraft stopped upright, heading west, with its main landing gear on the pavement of Central Avenue, the street bordering the west side of the airport. Passengers and crew left the aircraft via the emergency evacuation chute at the main cabin door and also through the exit door of the lower lounge compartment.

Probable Cause:

Probable Cause: "The inability of the pilot to stop the aircraft by means of conventional braking and the unavailability of propeller reversing due to the improper position of the reversing circuit breakers."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: CAB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 157 days (5 months)
Accident number: File No. 1-0091
Download report: Final report


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Deze kaart geeft het vliegveld van vetrek weer en de geplande bestemming van de vlucht. De lijn tussen de vliegvelden geeft niet de exacte vliegroute weer.
De afstand tussen Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport/Wold-Chamberlain Field, MN en Chicago-Midway Airport, IL bedraagt 556 km (348 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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