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

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

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by V. O. van Heest
     
 

As a furious squall swept down Lake Michigan 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.
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Overview

As a furious squall swept down Lake Michigan 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 of the National Underwater Marine Agency teamed up with the Michigan Shipwreck Research Association to pick up the search where the government left off and attempt to solve the mystery of the plane’s disappearance.
This gripping and suspenseful narrative begins as the team sets out upon its quest, an expedition fraught with disappointments and surprising discoveries as the explorers plow through archives and scour the lake bottom. An 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. Weaving past and present together through meticulous research and heart-rending interviews, V. O. van Heest paints a captivating portrait of the victims, vividly recreates the last few hours of Flight 2501, and reveals that the answers are sometimes found in unexpected places.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780988977211
Publisher:
In-Depth Editions, LLC
Publication date:
06/01/2013
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
293,345
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Principal in Lafferty van Heest and Associates Exhibit Design Firm, Director of Michigan Shipwreck Research Associates and a member of the Women Divers Hall of Fame, Valerie van Heest has explored, documented and interpreted shipwrecks for over twenty years. She is a recipient of multiple awards from the Historical Society of Michigan for the collection, preservation and promotion of state and local history through her interpretation, writing, filmmaking and exhibit work. She has written several books, magazine/journal articles and more than a dozen documentary films.. Her work has been featured in numerous books and articles as well. Valerie is a regular presenter at museums, libraries, and film festivals, sharing the dramatic stories of ships gone missing on the Great Lakes and has appeared on television news networks as well as on the Discovery Channel. Valerie spearheads MSRA’s search for ships lost off western Michigan, which has resulted in the discovery of many new shipwrecks.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Superior_Shores More than 1 year ago
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.