Fatal Crossing: The Mysterious Disappearance of NWA Flight 2501 and the Quest for Answers

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On June 23, 1950, a DC-4 with 58 souls on board flew from New York toward Minnesota. Minutes after midnight Captain Robert Lind requested a lower altitude as he began crossing the lake, but Air Traffic Control could not comply. That was the last communication with Northwest Airlines Flight 2501. Shredded human remains washing up on the beaches of West Michigan served as evidence of the country's worst commercial aviation disaster. The Navy and Coast Guard never located the wreck, rendering it impossible to ...

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On June 23, 1950, a DC-4 with 58 souls on board flew from New York toward Minnesota. Minutes after midnight Captain Robert Lind requested a lower altitude as he began crossing the lake, but Air Traffic Control could not comply. That was the last communication with Northwest Airlines Flight 2501. Shredded human remains washing up on the beaches of West Michigan served as evidence of the country's worst commercial aviation disaster. The Navy and Coast Guard never located the wreck, rendering it impossible to determine a cause for this tragic accident.

Over a half century later, nationally-acclaimed author and explorer Clive Cussler teamed up with V.O. Van Heest's Michigan Shipwreck Research Association and set out to do what the government had been unable to do: discover the wreckage and solve the mystery of its loss. Fatal Crossing begins as the team sets out upon its quest, an expedition fraught with disappointments and surprising discoveries as the explorers plow through archives and scout the lake bottom. Van Heest's unexpected meeting with a victim's son prompts a search of a different kind, one that would be more illuminating than submerged sections of twisted aluminum. Through meticulous research and heart-rending interview, the author paints a captivating portrait of the victims, recreates the last few hours of Flight 2501 in vivid color, and reveals that the answers are not always found where you would expect them.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780988977211
  • Publisher: In-Depth Editions
  • Publication date: 7/15/2013
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 386,100
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2013

    BRAVA to V.O. van Heest. This is an incredible job of researchin

    BRAVA to V.O. van Heest. This is an incredible job of researching and writing this story.

    I am so fascinated with the history of all the people who are involved one way or the other in this plane crash. The diving information is so interesting. I had no idea so many ship and airplane wrecks are in Lake Michigan. I loved the way the book began and how I was pulled in with the NWA history and that of the crew and families. It's absolutely wonderful.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2013

    Riveting true account of a tragedy long forgotten and how a grou

    Riveting true account of a tragedy long forgotten and how a group of individuals came together in search of answers. The author offers more than a recount of the horrible crash in Lake Michigan, but also shows a glimpse into the insight and growth that took place during the search process. I'm glad to know we've come a long way within the airline industry in terms of how we deal with disasters. Phenomenal research went into this fascinating tale and is a must read for all!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2013

    What an amazing story and to think it is all true! A story of tr

    What an amazing story and to think it is all true! A story of tragedy, but one also of determination to solve the accident, some sixty years after the government and the airline gave up. I remember this accident being attributed to UFOs and am so glad to see the author debunk all that. The flight becomes real: I felt transported back in time. I learned about how planes flew in the 50s, I met the people on board, I realized how violent the end must have been, and I mourned alongside the victim’s families. In the end, there are answers that pilots today can learn from today and all the rest of us who travel even by cars. Accidents do happen, but good judgment can help avoid them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2013

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    What an interesting story! The author does a great job of takin

    What an interesting story! The author does a great job of taking you through the ordeal of the victims, the struggles of the families in the aftermath of the crash, the court case and the many years of searching for an answer.
    It's obvious the author has spent a great deal of time and energy to track down everyone involved over all the years and seems to have left no stone unturned in the quest to find answers to this real life mystery.
    Traveling all over the country tracking down families and facts and working with Great Lakes scientists , historians, the Coast Guard, and Cussler's famous NUMA team of Hunley fame plus planes & scuba diving - this is what most people only dream about doing. They ought to turn this into a reality TV program or a Discovery Channel special. This book has just about got it all.
    I loved it!

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  • Posted September 1, 2013

    I'm not sure what the author is trying to do by offering this bo

    I'm not sure what the author is trying to do by offering this book to the public. It is a cross between a boring shipwreck hunting book and Monday Morning quarterbacking of a aircraft accident. The gore described in a few places in the book was totally unnecessary and I found insulting if I were a family member. That latter portion of the book the author wastes space by offering all sorts of similar plane crashes trying to offer a conclusion. Not once does the author ever consider Human Factors. If I thought I could, i'd ask for my money back and plant a tree for all of the paper that was wasted.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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