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