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New exhibit on missing Northwest Flight opens in South Haven

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The Douglas DC-4 was driven by 4 prop engines. Its believed that from the condition of the few items recovered that the plane broke up when it hit the water.
The Douglas DC-4 was driven by 4 prop engines. Its believed that from the condition of the few items recovered that the plane broke up when it hit the water.

SOUTH HAVEN (WKZ0) -- A new exhibit is opening at the Michigan Maritime Museum in South Haven this weekend.

It commemorates the disappearance of Northwest Orient Flight 2501 which crashed into Lake Michigan, somewhere off the coast of Van Buren County 64-years ago next month.

The flight originated in New York and was headed for Minneapolis with 58 passengers and crew on board. There were no survivors.

Like the missing Malaysia Airlines flight, the wreckage still hasn’t been found, but unlike that crash, some of the luggage, upholstery and clothing was recovered after the crash.

Some of those items are included in the exhibit, along with pictures of the victims, displays, descriptions of what they believe happened and details of some of the expeditions that have tried to find the wreckage since.

In 1950, it was considered the worst airline disaster in U.S. History.

The exhibit will be at the museum for the next two years.

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