Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Archive Research at the Eastern Airlines Retirees Association Collection for Flight 401 Information

Recalling and utilizing his former experience as an aviation accident surveyor for the Lloyd's of London based AIRCLAIMS, Ltd. coupled with his many years dealing with airline / aircraft records, Mr. Benny Benitez, Founder and CEO of the 94th AeroClaims-Aviation Consulting Group reviews files of other Eastern accidents in search of Flight 401 data.
Ms. Catherine Smallwood the Chief Aviation of the Artist of the Digital Aircraft Factory, inspects one of hundreds of Eastern Airlines Kodak 35mm photo slides. Searching for any additional photos of aircraft N310EA. Catherine is working to establish a computer generated rendering of aircraft N310EA
Mr. Ron Infantino a surviving passenger from flight 401 searches the endless boxes of historical Eastern Airlines archived records for information about the 1972 crash.
Mr. Vito Borrelli, President Emeritus, Eastern Airlines Retirees Association with Mr. Ron Infantino review a Eastern Airlines scrap book con tainting articles about the 1972 crash which was donated to the Association.

Miami, Florida March 11th 2009: With the generous assistance of Mr. Vito Borrelli, the President Emeritus of the Eastern Airlines Retirees Association and Mr. Roland Moore, Esq., Legal Council of the Eastern Airlines Estate, the Flight 401 Tribute Group dispatched a research team to the Eastern Airlines company archive storage facility, located within the Eastern Financial Credit Union building in Miami, Florida to search for additional information concerning the December 29th 1972 crash. The "Research Team" was headed up by Mr. Ron Infantino, who the group affectionately calls "Commander".

Accompanied by Mr. Benny F. Benitez and Ms. Catherine Smallwood, two key volunteer members to the group, over 30 boxes of company historical records and file cabinets were inspected during the first of many visits to the site. Recalling a comment made by Ron, it was like taking a trip back in time referring to all of the information about the history of Eastern Airlines contained within the storage facility at South Royal Poinciana Blvd. facility.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for finally being able to give the company records the research and archiving they deserve> As always, I'm here to help you.