1933 United Airlines Boeing 247 mid-air explosion

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On October 10, 1933, a Boeing 247 airliner operated by United Airlines and registered as crashed near Chesterton, Indiana.wikipedia
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Chesterton, Indiana

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On October 10, 1933, a Boeing 247 airliner operated by United Airlines and registered as crashed near Chesterton, Indiana.
In 1933, a United Airlines NC13304 flight became the first known case of an attack against an aircraft.

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On October 10, 1933, a Boeing 247 airliner operated by United Airlines and registered as crashed near Chesterton, Indiana.

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Boeing 247

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On October 10, 1933, a Boeing 247 airliner operated by United Airlines and registered as crashed near Chesterton, Indiana.

Newark, New Jersey

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The transcontinental flight carried three crew and four passengers and originated in Newark, New Jersey, with its final destination in Oakland, California.

Oakland, California

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The transcontinental flight carried three crew and four passengers and originated in Newark, New Jersey, with its final destination in Oakland, California.

Cleveland

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It had already landed in Cleveland and was headed to its next stop in Chicago when it exploded en route.

Chicago

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It had already landed in Cleveland and was headed to its next stop in Chicago when it exploded en route.

Jackson Township, Porter County, Indiana

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The crash scene was adjacent to a gravel road about 5 mi outside of Chesterton, centered in a wooded area on the Jackson Township farm of James Smiley.

Empennage

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The tail section had been severed just aft of the toilet and was found mostly intact almost a mile away from the main wreckage.

Federal Bureau of Investigation

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United States Bureau of Investigation investigator Melvin Purvis said, "Our investigation convinced me that the tragedy resulted from an explosion somewhere in the region of the baggage compartment in the rear of the aircraft. Everything in front of the compartment was blown forward, everything behind blown backward, and things at the side outward."

Melvin Purvis

United States Bureau of Investigation investigator Melvin Purvis said, "Our investigation convinced me that the tragedy resulted from an explosion somewhere in the region of the baggage compartment in the rear of the aircraft. Everything in front of the compartment was blown forward, everything behind blown backward, and things at the side outward."

Northwestern University

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Dr. Carl Davis of the Porter County coroner's office and experts from the Crime Detection Laboratory at Northwestern University examined evidence from the crash and concluded that it was caused by a bomb, with nitroglycerin as the probable explosive.

Nitroglycerin

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Dr. Carl Davis of the Porter County coroner's office and experts from the Crime Detection Laboratory at Northwestern University examined evidence from the crash and concluded that it was caused by a bomb, with nitroglycerin as the probable explosive.

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On the night of October 10, 1933 a United Boeing 247 exploded in mid-air and crashed near Chesterton, Indiana, killing the seven people aboard.

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* United Airlines tail number NC13304 was destroyed by a bomb on October 10, 1933 near Chesterton, Indiana, in what is thought to be the first proven act of air sabotage in the history of commercial aviation.