Today, September 1, marks the 60th anniversary of the crash of TWA Flight 529. N86511, an L-049 Lockheed Constellation, departed Midway at 0200 en route to Las Vegas. The aircraft crashed at 0205 in Clarendon Hills killing all 73 passengers and 5 crew on board. At the time, it was the deadliest single airplane disaster in U.S. history. The CAB concluded the probable cause was "... the loss of an AN-175-21 nickel steel bolt from the parallelogram linkage of the elevator boost system, resulting in loss of control of the aircraft."
Tonight, WGN Channel 9 News will air a special report on the accident during their 9 pm broadcast. One of our members, the late Elmer Maze, lived a short distance from the accident site and as an 11-year-old boy, heard this aircraft crash.
Midway Airport Historians