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Sunday, 5 August 2012

Whitney Gillilland, Civil Aeronautics Board Member, Flight 11

For those of you who have read the accident report of Flight 11 you may have noticed a Whitney Gillilland was one of the people who signed their name at the conclusion of the report. Whitney was a member of the Civil Aeronautics Board from 1959 to 1976. He died in 1993.

The reason I mention this is many of his papers he wrote about aviation were rather influential at the time and he served as chairman of the board of accident investigators from 1960 to 1961. I believe he was one of the chief investigators of Flight 11 and was also from Iowa. He donated many of his documents and papers from his time at the Civil Aeronautics Board to the University of Iowa Special Collections department.

I have a list of Whitney's papers kept on file in the special collections department. As I don't live in the USA though I can't get to these papers and they are not available online or in a scanned copy.

I mention all this in case anyone has a further interest to see what Mr Gillilland's papers contain as there may be further information about Flight 11 although as I say, I can't confirm what these papers contain exactly.

The link to them is as follows;

http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/spec-coll/MSC/ToMsc350/MsC316/MsC316_gillilland.html

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