Airplane Crash - Near Moorhead, Minnesota 10/30/1941

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Near Moorhead, Minnesota


Date10/30/1941
Time02:04
LocationNear Moorhead, Minnesota
OperatorNorthwest Orient Airlines
Flight #5
RouteMinneapolis - Fargo
TypeDouglas DC-3
RegistrationNC21712
Cn/In2124
Aboard15
Fatalities14
Ground0
SummaryCrashed in fog and mist due to icing on the wings. The pilot, Clarence Bates, was thrown clear of the wreckage and was the lone survivor. Accumulation of ice on the wings and other surfaces of the airplane, increasing the stalling speed and the drag of the airplane on the power required to maintain flight. Action of the captain in descending to attempt a landing at Fargo with known icing conditions and critical ceiling conditions instead of proceeding to an available alternate.

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