Tuesday 12 November 2019

Swissair Flight 111 Memorial

On 2nd September 1998, Swissair Flight 111 crashed into the Atlantic Ocean, not far from Peggy’s Cove.  The 215 passengers and 14 crew lost their lives when the plane plunged into the sea about 8 km/5 miles off Peggy’s Cove.

A simple memorial was constructed and, at the request of the families, it is consistent with its coastal environment.  It is reached via a short walking trail and overlooks the site of this tragedy.

The inscription reads: ‘In memory of the 29 men, women and children aboard Swissair Flight 111 who perished off these shores September 2nd, 1998.  They have been joined to the sea and the sky.  May they rest in peace.’

The second stone acknowledges the efforts of those involved in the recovery operations and supporting bereaved families.

Looking out to sea, my thoughts turned to those who lost their lives and I was grateful for this opportunity to pay a visit to this site.  I still remember watching the news of this tragedy unfold more than twenty years ago and that sense of disbelief felt by people around the world.

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