Events will mark 50th anniversary of crash

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Northwest Orient Airlines Flight 710 broke up in midair en route to Miami

By The Staff

MILLSTONE - Several events March 13-14 will mark the 50th anniversary of the crash of Northwest Orient Airlines Flight 710. The midair breakup of the Lockheed Electra over Millstone March 17, 1960, claimed the lives of 63 people.

Members of Tell City's Kiwanis Club are leading an effort to mark the anniversary, with a committee formed to plan events and extend invitations to relatives of crew and passengers who died in the disaster.

A memorial service will begin at 2 p.m. March 13 at the Kiwanis memorial erected in honor of those who died. A reception will follow in the Cannelton Community Center.

A worship service will begin at 1 p.m. March 14 at the Schergens Center in Tell City. A visit to a memorial in Greenwood Cemetery in Tell City will follow that service,.

The Perry County Museum in Cannelton and Tell City Historical Society Museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days for those wanting to learn about the crash.

Relatives of passengers and crew are invited, as is the general public. To RSVP, call the Perry County Convention and Visitors Bureau at 547-7933 or e-mail perrycountycvb@psci.net.

Northwest Flight 710 was en route to Miami when it broke up midair and spiraled toward earth. The flight originated in Minneapolis-St. Paul and had stopped at Midway Airport in Chicago before crossing into Indiana.