The crash of Flight 111

There are things in your life that leave an impression…for better or worse. The crash of Flight 111 on September 2nd, 1998 is one of those memories I keep. And while greatly saddened at the loss of human life, in contrast to the families who’s lives and dreams were changed forever, my memories are those of a tiny community of people, who in the worst possible challenge, showed the best of human nature. They opened their homes and ultimately their hearts to those family members who needed to just be there…in that space and time…to commune with those they loved…and lost. A total of 229 men, women and children perished upon rocky shores in icy waters and virtually half were Americans. Their memory is kept alive by a simple memorial and one of the most beautiful vistas I have ever been lucky enough to experience. It took me almost 10 years to get there… but Nova Scotia and it’s proud, wonderful people, were everything I had hope for.

Swissair Flight 111 was a Swissair McDonnell Douglas MD-11 on a scheduled airline flight from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City, United States to Cointrin International Airport in Geneva, Switzerland. This flight was also a code share flight with Delta Air Lines.On September 2, 1998 the aircraft used for the flight crashed into the Atlantic Ocean southwest of Halifax International Airport at the entrance to St. Margarets Bay, Nova Scotia. The crash site was 8 kilometres from shore, between the tiny fishing and tourist communities of Peggys Cove and Bayswater. All 229 people on board were killed. The resulting investigation by the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) which took over four years concluded that flammable material used in the aircraft’s structure allowed a fire to spread beyond the control of the crew, resulting in the loss of control and crash of the aircraft. Prior to the crash, Swissair 111 was known as the “U.N. shuttle” due to its popularity with United Nations officials; the flight often carried business executives, scientists, and researchers.img_4401a.jpgimg_4402nv1.jpgimg_4428bg.jpgimg_4432-2ab.jpg

4 Responses to “The crash of Flight 111”

  1. missyogini Says:

    I remember this..I’m pushing 40…beautifully. I was probably 9 or 10 the first time I had ever heard of Novia Scotia. My grandmother took a trip there and spent hours upon her return sharing pictures and stories about her trip with me. She made me want to go there. I hope to someday.

    Thanks for sharing šŸ™‚

  2. I hope you do M.Y. There’s no other place like it…and no other people.

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