Date: October 30, 1941
Time: 0204
Location: Near Moorhead, Minnesota
Operator: Northwest Orient Airlines
Flight #: 5
Route: Minneapolis - Fargo
AC Type: Douglas DC-3
Registration: NC21712
cn / ln: 2124
Aboard: 15   (passengers:13  crew:2)
Fatalities: 14   (passengers:13  crew:1)
Ground: 0
Summary: Crashed in fog and mist due to icing on the wings. The pilot, Clarence Bates, was thrown clear of the wreckage and was the lone survivor. Accumulation of ice on the wings and other surfaces of the airplane, increasing the stalling speed and the drag of the airplane on the power required to maintain flight. Action of the captain in descending to attempt a landing at Fargo with known icing conditions and critical ceiling conditions instead of proceeding to an available alternate.

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