Flight 705: Newspaper Coverage & 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



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

Please be advised: this material may be difficult to view for those affected by this accident.


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

Life_Turbulence_19641215  An article in LIFE magazine 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 ..






27 Responses to Flight 705: Newspaper Coverage & 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:
    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.

  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.


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