1948 – Fountain City Air Crash Kills 37

On this day, Northwest Airlines flight 421 left Chicago for Minneapolis shortly before 4:00pm. An hour later, just after passing LaCrosse, the plane entered a thunderstorm. Unbeknownst to the crew, its left wing had been weakened by a hairline fracture. The tip broke off, tearing away the tail section as it fell, and the aircraft came apart 8,000 feet over the Mississippi Valley. Its wreckage came down on the township of , leaving a debris field nearly 2 miles long. 37 people died. [Source: , Aug. 28, 2008]