Northwest Orient Airlines Flight 307
|Date||7 March 1950|
|Summary||Pilot error, controlled flight into terrain|
|Fatalities||15 (2 on the ground)|
|Aircraft type||Martin 2-0-2|
|Operator||Northwest Orient Airlines|
Northwest Orient Airlines Flight 307 was a scheduled domestic flight in the United States routing Washington, DC–Detroit–Madison–Rochester–Minneapolis-St. Paul–Winnipeg. On 7 March 1950, the flight was operated by a Martin 2-0-2, registered N93050, when it crashed into a house on approach to Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport after first hitting a flagpole. The three crew members and ten passengers on board were all killed, as were two children in the house.
Flight 307 was attempting to land at Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport the area had blowing snow. The left wing hit a 70-foot flagpole about 4,180 feet from the touchdown point and 650 feet west of the approach center line. The aircraft was about 3.8 miles northwest of the airport when a section of the left wing detached and the aircraft dived into the house at 1116 Minnehaha Parkway West from a height of about 300 feet. The aircraft was destroyed by fire and two children in the house were killed.
The probable cause of the crash was an attempt to complete an approach with a loss of visual reference to the ground.
- Civil Aviation Authority 1974, p. 3/50
- Meersman, Tom (29 July 2011), "Keeping a Tragedy from Fading.", Star Tribune, Minneapolis, pp. A1
- Eastwood 1991, p. 267