“Lessons Learned”

One of the most frequent questions that have come into the 705 blog since it began in 2011  has been, “Why did it happen?” For some who lost people in this accident, they were very young when it happened and the information on the crash was never discussed or passed down by those who knew–for a variety of reasons. For others–their family never understood the cause at all. Now, a half century later, thanks to the Internet, descendants of those lost on 705 can go online to find answers to very basic questions. Some have made their way to this blog; now there is another online resource that can fully tell the story.

This week a full, and contemporary, explanation of 705’s story went live thanks to the “Lessons Learned” program initiated by the Safety Program Manager at the Federal Aviation Administration’s Transport Airplane Directorate. This program is dedicated to ensuring that “the loss of critical knowledge” that comes from airplane accident investigations, no matter when they happened, is stopped and reversed.

Thanks to one of my family members, Flight 705’s story was brought to the attention of the Lessons Learned team in 2011. That November, the team decided that revisiting the 1963 crash of Northwest Orient Flight 705 was warranted. The team completed their work this spring and, after final review of the materials by aviation and engineer experts, they posted their report online this week.

Special thanks to all who made this report possible and to the due diligence of the Lessons Learned team. Here’s to their findings being widely disseminated and making the skies safer for the traveling public. It is a fitting tribute to those who were on board that day.

705 “Lessons Learned” website: http://lessonslearned.faa.gov/ll_main.cfm?TabID=1&LLID=66

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1 Response to “Lessons Learned”

  1. Lori Randall says:

    I happened across your website by accident. As a child I remember occasional references to a plane crash upon take-off from Miami. My father and his sister had taken a last minute flight out of Seattle to St. Paul to help with funeral arrangements for their father who had died unexpectedly on Feb. 10, 1963. Upon arriving at the Seattle/Tacoma airport my father suddenly felt extremely anxious and had a foreboding feeling about the upcoming flight. Prior to boarding, he purchased life insurance for that specific flight and then called my mother from the airport. For my father to feel, or behave, in such a way was extremely out of character. He was a very calm cookie, always level headed in emergencies. Aviation was one of his passions, having been a naval officer working with planes in WWII, and having also worked as an aeronautical engineer at Boeings in the late 1940’s. His sister (whose husband was a commercial airline pilot) was perplexed at my father’s unease. When they landed in MN, my father was so relieved to have landed safely that he immediately called my mother. But soon after, he called her again with the news about the Miami crash, stating this was the same plane he had taken just hours earlier. Sorry for the long-winded comment. I am piecing together some memories for our family, and I suddenly thought of this incident from so many years ago (my father was 38 yrs. old at the time). I just started researching with the intent to find more about the accident. The dates correlate, but I’m trying to piece the flight route to Miami. If I remember correctly, I believe there was a flight from MN to Chicago, then to Miami. Anyhow I appreciate your website – extremely informative and what a wonderful tribute to your father.

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