A Boeing 247 operated by United Airlines and registered as NC13304 crashed near Chesterton, Indiana, on October 10, 1933. The flight, carrying three crew and four passengers, originated in Newark, New Jersey. It had landed in Cleveland and was headed to Chicago, but exploded en route to its final destination of Oakland, California. All aboard died in the crash.
Eyewitnesses on the ground reported hearing an explosion at about 9:15 p.m., and told of seeing the plane in flames at an altitude of about 1,000 feet. A second explosion followed after the plane crashed.