Thursday, March 17, 2016

On This Date in Minnesota History: March 17

March 17, 1960On this date, Northwest Orient Flight 710 left Minneapolis at 1251 and arrived at Midway Airport at 1355. After this 30 minute stop in Chicago, the flight continued on to Miami, Fla.

“At approximately 1640, reports were received by Northwest Airlines at Minneapolis that Flight 710 had crashed near Cannelton, Indiana. The time of the crash was established as approximately 1525.”1 All 57 passengers and six crew on board were killed.

“The plane lost its entire right wing and half the left wing after encountering severe clear-air turbulence. The fuselage remained intact and struck a soybean field at over 600 miles per hour.”2

“The crash was so severe that many of the bodies could not be identified. All of the remains were divided up and placed into 16 coffins that were buried in Greenwood Cemetery in Tell City, Ind., about 10 miles north of the crash site.”2

The Civil Aeronautics Board concluded “that flutter was induced by oscillations of the outboard nacelles and that this reached a magnitude sufficient to fail the right wing. Reduced stiffness of the structure and the entry of the aircraft into an area of severe clear air turbulence were contributing factors.”1 In English, this means “the probable cause for the accident was in-flight separation of the right wing while cruising at 18,000 ft (5,500 m) due to flutter caused by unexplained reduced stiffness of the engine mounts.”3

The citizens of Perry County and the Cannelton Kiwanis Club raised funds for a memorial and dedicated it in 1961 at the site of the 1960 crash. The names of all 63 victims are listed on on the memorial.





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