50 Years Ago Today - Remembering Northwest Orient Flight 705
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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?
Lightning-ignited fires are a natural part of the Everglades ecosystems. They aid in the recycling of nutrients through the ecosystem.