Flight 705: Media & Documents

This page contains links to newspaper coverage and documentation concerning the fate of Flight 705. Contributions are welcome but will be screened prior to posting.

“Lessons Learned”  FAA 2013 Review of Northwest Orient Flight 705, February 12, 1963


Posted by FAA Safety Program –  July 2013
Transport Airplane Directorate
Federal Aviation Administration


Please be advised: for those affected by the crash of Flight 705 this material is difficult to view. The newspaper coverage contains photographs of the crash site, graphic descriptions and more.

UPDATED 1-29-2012 Press coverage from Seattle, Chicago, Minneapolis, Florida & etc. newspapers.


LitigationOfAirCrash Cases_Kennelly: Attorney John Kennelly represented several families in Flight 705 litigation. This excerpt from his book mentions Flight 705.

KennellyJohn_Bio: Biography of attorney John Kennelly.

20110305_AirDisasterWorthRemembering_ Flight705

19641218_LifeMagazine_Turbulence: Turbulence-Hidden Giant in the Sky. LIFE magazine article about Flight 705 and air turbulence.


AnvilOfGods_McClement_1964: A book by Fred McClement on “Modern airplanes vs. violent storms.” Chapter 10 of this book focuses on Flight 705.

SerlingRobert: Author Robert Serling, brother of well-known T. V personality Rod Serling of “The Twilight Zone,” wrote two books that mention Flight 705.

NorthwestOrientFlight_Feb 1963 _ GenDisasters ..





37 Responses to Flight 705: Media & Documents

  1. Jeanne von Hollerich says:

    I’m the daughter of John (Jack) P. Hollerich. I was 17 when my father was killed in this air accident. I miss him terribly as I’m sure all of you miss your lost family member. Jeanne Hollerich

  2. Jeanne von Hollerich says:

    Thanks Teresa. I was so happy to find this site. I have been looking for something for years. My Mom and Dad were both flying home – Mom on another flight for obvious reasons. NEVER thinking that the unthinkable would happen. It has been difficult living without my Dad. He was a really great person.

  3. T.L. Heil says:

    Dear Jeanne,

    I understand what you mean about trying to find a place that at the very least, acknowledges the fate of Flight 705, or mentions it. I’m hoping that this site provides a place for those affected by this event to just land. A comfortable spot to just take a deep breath and… contemplate.

    A place to remember and honor those we loved, and lost, that day.

    Thank you for writing,


  4. Jeanne von Hollerich says:

    Theresa – Your name is exactly like my mother’s. I know I mispelled it the first time I wrote back to you. I may have thought you were a ghost of her. LOL This site is extremely comforting to me. I know there were several articles about my father in the newspapers and also one is none other than “Playboy” magazine about the largest financial settlement in history to that point. No consolation to the loss of my dad.

  5. T.L. Heil says:

    Dear Jeanne,

    Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. Been on vacation visiting my son in Wyoming. I am so thankful you’ve found comfort at this website! The main intent all along. Here’s to your dad’s memory and his place in your life.


  6. Jeanne von Hollerich says:

    I’m 66 years old, 22 years older than my Dad when he died and I still miss him like it was yesterday!

    • T.L. Heil says:

      That’s testament to how close you were Jeanne.

      It’s odd to think on ages and how they relate to the passage of time in this instance. Like you I’ve often thought about that. I’ve now been on the planet 15 years longer than my dad was and it’s almost been fifty years since he left us. All the best to you.

  7. Jeanne von Hollerich says:

    Actually I’m 24 years older than my Dad was when he died. What a rotten shame – he was a GREAT man.

  8. Allen Moore says:

    The CAB crash report is available here:

    Click to access NW705CABReport.pdf

    While this report is filled with “aviation speak” it is a detailed description of how this accident happened and what safety recommendations were made as a result of the accident.

    • T.L. Heil says:

      Allen, thanks. The CAB report is on this page above [see link]. The accident investigation was done by John McWhorter who passed away in March 2011, just after this blog was started. Thanks to a close friend of his, I learned how incredibly dedicated John was to doing the most thorough investigation possible on the 705 accident site. His meticulous work is reflected in the CAB report.

  9. SG Schow says:

    The 50 years ago event was reported in our local paper, The Rosemount Town Pages, as a retrospective of what occurred 50 years past. The pilot was from Rosemount. Here is a link to the recalled event: http://www.rosemounttownpages.com/event/article/id/32022/publisher_ID/26/

  10. Greg Terp says:

    Thank you for helping me understand what happened to two people I loved dearly, my grandparents when I was 7. I share the love and loss of so many others impacted by this incident 50 years ago.

    • T.L. Heil says:

      Hello Greg. Thank you for your kind words. Here’s to the memory of your grandparents. Would you be so kind as to share their names? It must have been such a difficult thing for you to loose both of them. Welcome to this community of people all bound by this event a half century ago.

      • Greg Terp says:

        Sorry for the long delay!

        CHRISTIANSON, Wilbur L., 2820 40th Ave. S., Minneapolis. Superintendent Kraus-Anderson, general contractors, Minneapolis.

        CHRISTIANSON, Elizabeth Rislov., 2820 40th Ave. S., Minneapolis.

  11. T.L. Heil says:

    Subject: [Northwest Orient Airlines Flight 705] About

    Name: Stan Salony
    Email: sledhead535@att.net
    Comment: All I know about North West Seven-Zero-Five, was I heard the Captain’s radio comm w/Miami Departure or Center as they were high over the Everglades. I tuned-out, then read the next day’s Palm Beach Post about the crash and loss of all those people. It hit me hard.

    I became an Aviator on August 6, 1964, and never forgot Flight 705. I
    had a tie with Eastern 401 as well. Then “Critter Five-Ninety-Three” in 1996. I “own” the N-numbers from EA 401 and VJ 593. I have these numbers on reserve- just to preserve the memory of those aboard. I don’t have NW 705’s N-number, but my heart goes out to all who are related to the Crew and Pax. May GOD Bless them, ALL.

    Time: June 19, 2013 at 3:10 pm

  12. Dick Dittmar says:

    Jeanne My Father worked for your Dad and considered him a friend. I remember he was Jack’s first employee for the construction company. I remember Jack was a prolific whistler! I washout 6 or seven when the accident happened I remember like it was yesterday.

  13. Jeanne Hollerich says:

    Dick – Thanks so much for your comment. I remember your Dad like it was yesterday. I was 17 when my father – the whistler – was killed in the plane crash. Your sister (?) Michele was in my class at LP also. Have a wonderful holiday and know that your family will always be remembered by my family in thoughts and prayers. Jeanne Hollerich

  14. T.L. Heil says:

    How nice that, after all these years, some good connections from the past can surface.
    Wishing all readers of the 705 blog a Happy Winter and peaceful holidays.

  15. Janice Gould says:

    My Mom, Sally Smigiel, was on this flight with her friend Rose Srodulski…my Dad insisted she fly on a separate flight than he was, so if something did occur, one parent would still be left for my sister and myself…I can remember every detail of this day and think of my Mom every day….

  16. Jeanne Hollerich says:

    It is just amazing – my parents also flew on separate flights for the first time ever with the exact same reason – us kids. My dad’s name was J.P. Hollerich and we are from Peru, Illinois. I will be 70 years old in a couple of days and I was 17 at the time of the accident. I still, like you, think of my dad almost daily. He was a wonderful human being. I’m sure your mom was too.

    • Sheila Haskins says:

      I was reading through some old letters that my mother-in-law (Theresa Shimanek Haskins of Decatur, IL) had written. Date of the letter is Feb 19, ’63 – and it was addressed to her parents (The Shimaneks of Hennessey OK.) Here is the excerpt. “P.S. One of the people in that plane crash in Florida (that killed 43 lives) was from La Salle and we knew him real well. He was 41 and had 3 children. He and his wife were vacationing there and she and he always take separate planes in case something happens (so there children won’t lose both parents) so she took off in a plane right before he did. They’re really good friends of Bill’s mom. Name was J.P. Hollerich”.
      My husband’s family on his Dad’s side are the Haskins and Duncan of La Salle, IL. Your dad knew my husband’s grandmother – Helen Haskins. It saddened me so much that I Googled the crash and found this site. I am so sorry for your loss.
      Sheila Haskins
      Houston, TX

      • T.L. Heil says:

        Hello Sheila, thank you so much for taking the time to write. One thing I’m not clear about is when you write “Your dad knew my husband’s grandmother.” Who were you referring to that knew your husband’s grandmother? Thank you, Theresa

  17. Scootie Seeman says:

    Jeanne – I was your roommate at Edgewood and often think of you and remember how much you missed your father. Just decided to look for you and am glad I could at least connect through this site.

  18. Maggie Gilleran says:

    I was a stewardess for NWA from ‘59 to ‘61 based first in MSP, later transferring to SEA. I flew with Captain Roy Almquist many, many times when based in MSP. I purchased my first car from him at his ford dealership in Rosemont. I was just 21, didn’t have a driver’s license and haven’t a clue to this day how I drove home safely, ha ha! Even met his mother and father and have never forgotten their wonderful Swedish accent…I think Swedish anyway. In ‘63 I was married and living in Hawaii. When I heard of the accident, and informed it was Roy at the helm, I cried as I would for an older brother. As I recall he was very handsome. I was surprised that he never married. At least that’s what I was told. Last night I dreamt of him and the crash. I never knew the details. I immediately wanted to research this because my dream was so haunting. I found this site and I’m so glad I did. I flew with Roy because of his reputation as an excellent pilot. I cannot express enough the sadness I felt, not only for Roy and his parents, but for everyone on board. In my research so far, I’m glad to learn, and not surprised, this accident was not attributed to pilot error. I have traveled extensively since and still do, and every time I climb on board, I only hope a ‘Roy’ is at the helm. Thought I would share this with your readers for what it’s worth and hope it helps those who lost a loved one on board to know that they had the best pilot there was. Back then, and even today, Mother Nature can be an evil force to reckon with. Thanks for listening. ☹️

    • T.L. Heil says:

      Dear Maggie,

      This was one of the most profound posts I’ve had come in to the 705 website. I am so glad you found the site and that you took the time to share your memories of Roy Almquist. You are correct, he never did marry. If you’ve examined the documents on the 705 website you’ll see that the FAA recently looked at the crash in their “Lessons Learned” investigation. Wind shear took the plane.

      I often wonder if my Dad got a chance to meet Roy that day as he boarded. I have no doubt that Roy did the best he could on February 12, 1963.

      Thank you again for your observations and your memories.


  19. Sharlimar (Friesen) Gamlen says:

    I was looking into the “crash” today and found this site. My Uncle died on the flight that day. He was “Allen Friesen” “Second Officer” for the flight. I never really got the “time” to know him, as I was 5 years old when the crash happened. I do know that to this day it still is hard on my Aunt. Bless all of you for sharing. Thank you. You help make this more than the “crash”.

    • T.L. Heil says:

      Hello Sharlimar,
      Thank you so much for taking the time to write about your Uncle, Allen Friesen. It doesn’t matter how many years its been, it is still a hard thing for families affected by this isn’t it? If you or your aunt would like to share anything about Allen, please feel free. You’re welcome to send a photo of him as well.

      Welcome to the 705 community. I’m glad you found your way to the site.


      • Sharlimar (Friesen) Gamlen says:

        Thank you for making me “welcome”.

      • Sharlimar (Friesen) Gamlen says:

        You wrote that I’m welcome to send a photo of him. I’m not sure how to get it to you or to here (whichever). Thank you. (I don’t see where I would upload it to).

  20. T.L. Heil says:

    Absolutely. In terms of entering a new “community” this is not one that most people would choose to be part of. But it’s nice to know others are out there that understand. It’s one reason this website was started. You are most welcome.

  21. Elynne Chaplik-Aleskow says:

    Fannie Lebedow, my beloved Grandmother, was on NW 705. My Grandma was one of the great loves of my life. My story about her is published in the book My Gift of Now and several anthologies. Eleven years after this crash, we lost my father and my 16 year old sister in another plane crash. What are the odds in one family?
    Elynne Chaplik-Aleskow, Pushcart Prize-nominated author of My Gift of Now
    “Her First Grandchild” by Elynne Chaplik-Aleskow
    She is one of the great loves of my life. I lost her in a plane crash February 12th, 1963. The memory of my maternal grandmother Fannie Lebedow inspires me every day of my life.
    I was my grandma’s first grandchild. The bond between us was magical. One of my greatest treats as a little girl was sleeping over at her apartment. The room I slept in had twin beds. They were very high and fluffy. I always needed help getting in at night.
    One morning my grandma came in to check on me and I was not in bed. The window next to the bed was half way open. Her apartment was on the third floor. She panicked thinking that I might have fallen out the window until she realized that I fell out of bed and in my sleep rolled under the bed. Years later we always shared a good laugh about that morning’s discovery.
    My grandmother was a tall woman with striking silver hair. She was handsome and stately in her carriage with a soft smooth skin that always smelled like fresh Palmolive soap. People would turn their heads toward her when she entered a room.
    She was my grandma, a woman whose love for me was unconditional and giving. Loving her was natural and easy because she loved me back with such genuine joy and caring. It always felt good to be around her. I looked forward to seeing her, touching her and smelling her scent. With her I shared many of the happiest moments of my childhood.
    One of the greatest legacies my grandmother left me was showing me how to love. She passed this natural gift on to my mother as well.
    One of my treasures is a picture I have of grandma in her housedress. My mother tells me that she remembers her mother always stunningly dressed. That is not the childhood memory of her that I cherish, however. In her housedress she would take me grocery shopping and would tell me to pick out any candy I wanted. I always got the pretzel stick. I would hold her hand as we walked doing errands, returning home in time for the delicious lunch she would prepare for me. Her kitchen pantry filled with desserts was like Disneyland to me.
    As I grew older, my grandmother became a friend with whom I could share my feelings. One day my mother and I had the worst argument we had ever had. I was twelve years old. I packed my belongings, willed my precious board games to my sister Linda and ran away from home. Of course the place I ran to was my grandmother’s new apartment that was fortunately a few miles from my home.
    When I arrived, she fed me and waited until I was ready to talk. My grandmother never pressured me or forced me. Our relating was easy and empathic. Her legacy of listening without judging is one I have tried to implement in my relationships.
    A few years after losing my grandfather, my family convinced my grandmother to take a vacation in Florida. She was with my mother and youngest sister Ivy at the beginning of her holiday. Before they left for home, my mother found a small hotel for seniors and my grandmother stayed on for twelve more days. My beloved grandmother never made it home. The commercial plane she was on hit a squall during the first ten minutes it was in the air and crashed in the Florida Everglades. Everyone on board was killed. My grandmother was sixty-seven.
    I can touch the raw agony of that day when we found out that we lost her like it was yesterday. I was seventeen and about to graduate from high school and head to college in the fall.
    We were assured her death was quick but I will never really know if she had time to be afraid. That question tortures me when I allow myself to think about it.
    In losing Grandma Lebedow I lost one of the great loves and friends of my life. I hope she would be proud of the woman I have become. I smile at her picture every day. Frozen in time in her housedress, she smiles back at me.

  22. Barbara Heil Barry says:

    This is a beautiful tribute to your grandmother.
    What a blessing she was to you and you to her.
    Thank you for sharing this with us. My heart goes out to you.
    Barbara Heil Barry,
    2nd daughter of John C. Heil

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