Airplane Crash - Near Miami, Florida 02/12/1963

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Near Miami, Florida


Date02/12/1963
Time13:48
LocationNear Miami, Florida
OperatorNorthwest Orient Airlines
Flight #705
RouteMiami - Chicago
TypeBoeing B-720-051B
RegistrationN724US
Cn/In18354/224
Aboard43
Fatalities43
Ground0
SummaryThe aircraft crashed 37 miles west-southwest of Miami after penetrating a thunderstorm and encountering severe turbulence. The aircraft initially entered an area of updrafts followed by downdrafts which put the aircraft into a high speed dive. While trying to pull out of the dive, the aircraft broke apart from excessive g forces. The crew is believed to have concentrated on maintaining a given airspeed in an extreme turbulence condition instead of flying attitude. In doing so, excessive stress was applied to the wings which separated from the fuselage. The weather was considerably worse than forecast.

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