50 Years Ago Today - Remembering Northwest Orient Flight 705
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Contact: Mary Plumb, Public Affairs Officer (Acting), 305-242-7714
HOMESTEAD, Florida - Everglades National Park commemorates the loss of 43 people who perished 50 years ago today when Flight 703 broke apart mid-air due to severe weather and crashed in a remote area of Everglades National Park. Lost in the accident were 35 passengers and 8 crew members, who are remembered this day by the loved ones they left behind and the people who care for Everglades National Park. Northwest Orient Airlines Flight 705 was a scheduled passenger flight operated on February 12, 1963 by a Boeing 720 aircraft that took off from Miami International Airport, flew into a severe thunderstorm, and crashed into the Everglades. The plane was destined to Portland, Oregon, via Chicago, Spokane, and Seattle. For more information, visit a blog set up byTheresa Heil Trebon, of Sedro-Woolley, Washington, who lost her father in the accident (http://northwestorient705. wordpress.com).
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Did You Know?
Everglades National Park protects the largest wilderness area east of the Mississippi River. The wilderness area is named for Marjory Stoneman Douglas who was instrumental in creating the park, and who coined the phrase "River of Grass."