Northwest Airlines Flight 2

Northwest Airlines Flight 2

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Northwest Airlines Flight 2

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Northwest Airlines Flight 2, registration NC17388, was a Lockheed 14H Super Electra aircraft which crashed into the Bridger Mountains about 12 miles northeast of Bozeman, Montana, on January 10, 1938. All ten on board were killed in the accident, which was the first fatal crash of both a Northwest Airlines aircraft and a Lockheed Super Electra.

Flight 2 was en route from Seattle, Washington to Chicago, Illinois, with intermediate stops at Spokane, Washington, Butte, Montana, and Billings, Montana. The flight had just left Butte and was flying over Belgrade, Montana when it diverted to the north to avoid a dust storm over Bozeman Pass. The first officer contacted the Northwest Airlines radio operatorAt the time, en route aircraft were not normally in contact with air traffic control due to a lack of transmitter facilities on the ground and the limitations of aircraft transmitters and receivers. at 3:05 PM Mountain Standard Time to advise that Flight 2 had reached the cruising altitude of 9,000 feet at 2:53 PM. Ground witnesses reported that as it passed over the Bridger Mountain range (which at the point the aircraft passed over reaches a height of approximately 8,500 feet MSL) the aircraft immediately dropped, went into a stall, glided for a short time, then spun into the ground. The wreckage burst into flames. All aboard died immediately.

Investigators with the Civil Aeronautics Authority, a predecessor organization of both the FAA and the NTSB,...
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