Date & Time: Aug 5, 1936 at 2200 LT
Type of aircraft:
Lockheed 10 Electra
Operator:
Registration:
NC16022
Flight Phase:
Takeoff (climb)
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
New Orleans – Saint Louis – Chicago
MSN:
1057
Flight number:
SCA004
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
2
Pax on board:
6
Pax fatalities:
6
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
8
Circumstances:
Crew completed the takeoff procedure in bad weather conditions and climbed in low visibility due to night and foggy conditions. Crew made a turn to the left at a too low altitude, causing the left wing to hit the ground. Out of control, the aircraft crashed and burned in a wheat field, killing all eight occupants.
Probable cause:
Several theories are suggested as to the cause of this accident. However, there is insufficient evidence to substantiate any of them. It is felt that the airplane was thoroughly controllable and that the turn back in the direction of the airport was a voluntary maneuver. Apparently, the pilot, after lifting the airplane into the air, became concerned either with some unexpected irregularity such as the functioning of some part of the airplane and made a turn toward the airport without realizing his nearness to the ground. However, it is not believed that any condition arose or a severity which would have prevented the pilot from acquiring more altitude before attempting to make a turn. It is the opinion of the Bureau of Air commerce that the probable cause of this accident was making a turn at an extremely low altitude, for reasons unknown, in which the wing of the airplane unintentionally contacted the ground.