The procedures developed as a result of this disaster make this crash historically important. It was the first time a plane was reconstructed from its wreckage to help determine the cause of the crash. This is now a standard procedure.
Wreckage was loaded onto trucks and moved to Douglas Aircraft Company in California where the plane was reassembled.
As a result of the disaster the entire fleet of 80 Douglas DC-6 aircraft, including the U.S. President's aircraft (which was a sister ship), were ordered grounded and recalled. Design changes that were made thereafter still stand today.
United flight 608 is now operated on Chicago (ORD) to Washington D.C (DCA) route.