The lights kept coming closer to my house.". The Korean War began within days after the crash, so the country's attention shifted away from this tragedy. The missing airliner is the subject of an annual search by Michigan Shipwreck Research Associates (MSRA), a Michigan-based non-profit organization. "Now we're down to a very small search area and we're covering that this year," said van Heest. "June storms were quite prevalent then and they still are today.". That was the last communication with Northwest Airlines Flight 2501. Van Heest says after learning of the newly-found mass burial site, she reached out to family members of the 58 victims to let them know of the discovery and also let them know that plans were in the works to place a marker on the site. Each victim's name was read aloud. They now know what happened and they know that this accident and their loved ones haven’t been forgotten,” she said. So, on the evening of June 23, 1950, as Northwest Orient Flight 2501, a fully loaded Douglas DC-4, roared westward on a New York-to-Seattle flight bound for a layover in Minneapolis, its 55 passengers were well aware of the dangers. Nothing controls Mother Nature except Mother Nature herself, but thanks to modern-day technology creating the ability to turn back time, maybe the weather can actually help Valerie van Heest and her group of explorers discover what it so savagely took 70 years ago. The story is about a man named Raymond Palmer Helm, who happened to be outside his home near Benton Harbor watching the storm roll in that night. Van Heest says a “series of errors” led to the accident. After each name was read, a bell was rung. Near the end of the service, Willis Dotson played taps. The remains were buried the next summer in an unmarked mass grave. Meet the Team Northwest Airlines flight 2501 crashed in Lake Michigan on June 23, 1950. ►Make it easy to keep up to date with more stories like this. Expeditions began in late May and are stretching through June. With 58 lives lost, the disaster was the worst in aviation history up to that point. All 58 aboard people died. She was just four years old when she survived the crash that killed her parents and brother. Cussler ended his involvement in 2013, but sent his side scan sonar operator back to Michigan in 2015, 2016, and 2017 to follow some leads discovered by MSRA. "When I opened Valerie's book and saw his picture on one of the pages, I wanted to cry for him because he had to be in a position like that.". Frazier and Smith researched the plane crash, and quickly learned that Holland author Valerie van Heest had written a book about the ill-fated 2501 entitled Fatal Crossing. , (all presumed; only body fragments found), hindcast simulation of the possible weather conditions, "58 FEARED LOST IN CRASH OF AIRLINER IN LAKE MICHIGAN; HUNT PROVES FUTILE; MANY FROM NEW YORK AREA ARE ABOARD; OIL SLICKS SIGHTED Plane from New York Runs Into Storm While on Trip to the West DIVER SEARCHES IN VAIN Report of 'Wreckage' Untrue --Loss May Be the Worst on Commercial Airlines", "New developments in mysterious Michigan plane crash", "New mass grave found for victims of NWA Flight 2501", "Discovery Channel Show To Study Lake Michigan Plane Crash", Fatal Crossing: The Mysterious Disappearance of NWA Flight 2501 and the Quest for Answers, "CAB Accident Investigation Report, Docket SA-215, File 1-0081", "Volunteers try to solve mystery of 1950 plane crash in Lake Michigan,", "Another mass burial site discovered in Michigan cemetery,", Mysterious Lake Michigan plane crash to be featured on Expedition Unknown SE6, Ep2 Feb 12, 2020, Australian National Airways Douglas DC-4 crash, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Northwest_Orient_Airlines_Flight_2501&oldid=982475545, Aviation accidents and incidents in the United States in 1950, Airliner accidents and incidents in Michigan, Airliner accidents and incidents with an unknown cause, Accidents and incidents involving the Douglas DC-4, Northwest Airlines accidents and incidents, Articles with dead external links from April 2019, Articles with dead external links from February 2018, Articles with permanently dead external links, Articles with dead external links from June 2019, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 8 October 2020, at 11:22.
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