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1933 plane crash Historical Society topic Thursday

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The doomed flight of United Air Line Boeing 247D is the subject of this month’s Duneland Historical Society program, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, at the Library Service Center, 100 W. Indiana Ave. in Chesterton.

It’s been 80 years since seven people--four passengers and three crew members--died when a Chicago-bound transcontinental United Air 247D exploded in-flight. The plane crashed in a wooded area on the Joseph Brown farm five miles southeast of Chesterton near what today is C.R. 400E and the Indiana Toll Road in Jackson Township.

While there are many theories about the cause of the explosion, the definitive cause is still unknown. But the story continues to intrigue locals, authors, and historians, and the society’s own Ken Keller and Jim Jeselnick have done extensive research on the event.

On Nov. 21, Keller will give a quick before-hand look at the nation in 1933 and then present the details of the flight, the crash, and the aftermath with its many investigations. Two eyewitnesses to the crash site are expected to share their memories of the time.

This is the final Duneland Historical Society meeting in 2013. The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014. All society programs are open to the public. Membership applications will be available at the meeting. Phone (219) 983-9715 for information.


Posted 11/19/2013