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United Air Lines Chesterton Crash (1933)

In 1933, a Boeing 247 operated by United Air Lines exploded mid-flight and crashed near Chesterton, Indiana. The crash killed all seven people aboard, including four passengers and three crew members. Investigators concluded that a bomb caused the explosion, making this the first proven act of air sabotage in the history of commercial aviation. No suspect has ever been identified or charged in the incident. How did investigators determine that a bomb caused the explosion? More...
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United Air Lines Chesterton Crash (1933)
In 1933, a Boeing 247 operated by United Air Lines exploded mid-flight and crashed near Chesterton, Indiana. The crash killed all seven people aboard, including four passengers and three crew members. Investigators concluded that a bomb caused the explosion, making this the first proven act of air sabotage in the history of commercial aviation. No suspect has ever been identified or charged in the incident.
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United Trip No. 23 (NC13304) was blown up by a nitroglycerin bomb over Chesterton, Indiana on 10 October 1933. The explosive device was placed in the blanket compartment of the lavatory. All 3 crew and 4 passengers were killed.

This transcontinental flight originated at Newark, NJ with a destination of Oakland, CA. The leg where it crashed was from Cleveland to Chicago (departed Cleveland at 6:57 PM). The 247 could fly coast to coast in approximately 19.75 hours. It flew airmail as well.

NC13304 was in service 7 April 1933 until this crash 6 months later. It was the 4th production Boeing 247. It was an early production ship and denoted just "247" with the forward-sloped cockpit and large, nose-mounted antennae mast, etc. (not a 247D)

The tail section was blown off at an altitude of about 1,000 feet. There was no chance of survival.
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How did investigators determine that a bomb caused the explosion?

Eyewitness accounts of a pre-crash explosion, along with evidence that the fuel tanks did not explode.

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