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Northwest #2501


Who:

The pilot, Captain Robert C. Lind, copilot, Verne F. Wolfe and Stewardess Bonnie Ann Feldman  with 55 passengers. 

 

 

Total Persons on Board: 

58 passengers and crew

When:

June 23, 1950

Weather:

At the time of the disappearance, the plane was approaching a squall line, in an area of considerable thunderstorm activity

Flight Route:

LaGuardia Airport - Minneapolis/St. Paul - Spokane - Seattle

Area Believed Crashed:

The plane was at around 3,500 feet over Lake Michigan about 20 miles NNW of Benton Harbor, Michigan when it vanished off the radar screens after requesting descent to 2,500 feet.

Reason for flight:

Passenger transport

Type Plane:

 Douglas DC-4, N95425

Search efforts:

A widespread search was commenced including searching and dragging the bottom of Lake Michigan with sonars and trawlers but to no avail.

The day next the crash, the Coast Guard found an oil slick 18 miles NNW of Benton Harbor.

Body parts of some of the occupants washed ashore near "South Beach in South Haven, prompting officials there to close the beach for several days after the disappearance.

However, aside from some light debris found on the surface, little trace of the plane was ever found.

Annually, the search is resuming by the Michigan Shipwreck Research Associates, which is funded by author Clive Cussler.
 

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