Monument

from the Latin, monere

“A Bringing to Mind”

On February 12, 1963, the crash of Northwest Orient flight 705 in the Florida Everglades brought pain and loss to families across the United States. In the ensuing years, memory of the event faded from public view. But for those who lost loved ones that day, the tragedy lives on in their lives and the legacy that accident created for their descendants.

It is time to remember and mark this tragedy, one that fundamentally changed aviation history. Because of the lessons learned that day, airline pilots learned new procedures to navigate in severe weather. Communication with aircraft modernized. Engineers designing modern airplanes better understood air turbulence and how to respond to wind shear.

In 2011 a website was created to remember the victims of this accident. In the decade since then northwestorient705.com has become a place of connection for those affected by the crash, a forum to remember and pay tribute to those lost that day. For many who lacked a place to gather about their loved ones, or who were unaware of the flight’s story, http://northwestorient705.com has brought comfort and understanding.

The website’s activity in the ten years since has spurred a new effort to publicly mark 705’s story. On February 12, 2021, a call to Everglades National Park Superintendent Pedro Ramos set this effort in motion. Since then, meetings with Ramos and his staff have explored the feasibility of placing a monument to 705’s victims and their stories near the crash site in southern Florida. As one can imagine, this idea immediately met bureaucratic red tape, but thanks to the website’s responses over the years, and Ramos’s support, it is proceeding.

Sharing what this memorial means to you and your family will contribute to moving this project forward. Please leave your response and ideas on the website, or email me at trebon@comcast.net

In memory,

Theresa Heil Trebon

Daughter of John C. Heil Jr. (1923-1963)

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3 Responses to Monument

  1. Greg Terp says:

    Another year has gone by and my memory of this fateful day is as vivid as it was in 1963! We all share a tremendous personal loss of loved ones, for some of us people we knew and for others people we didn’t get the opportunity to know in person, but through stories from family and friends still suffered a loss. Thank you all for being part of the NOA Flight 705 community, it helps honor my grandparents that I lived with and cherished!

  2. Terry Walters says:

    My parents were friends of Robert Feller’s family in Rochester, MN; his brother Larry and his mother Florence. I was 13 and home watching TV when I got a call from my mom. I don’t remember where she was, but her tone of voice told me immediately that something was terribly wrong. She asked if I had heard anything about a plane crashing.The pain of that day was with Mrs. Feller for the rest of her life.
    Terry Walters

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