|Swissair Flight 111 (SR-111) was a commercial Swissair McDonnell Douglas MD-11 flying from JFK to Cointrin International Airport in Geneva.|
On September 2, 1998 the aircraft crashed into the Atlantic Ocean southwest of Halifax International Airport at the entrance to St. Margarets Bay, Nova Scotia. The crash site was 8 km from shore, roughly equidistant between the tiny fishing and tourist communities of Peggys Cove and Bayswater. All 229 people on board were killed.
The flight, on HB-IWF, departed JFK at 21:18 (ADT) with 215 passengers and 14 crew en route to Geneva. The flight crew smelled smoke in the cockpit at around 22:00. Around fifteen minutes later smoke was visible in the cockpit and a number of systems were failing, the pilot announced a "pan-pan" and requested a diversion to Boston's Logan International Airport, but was instead directed to the closer Halifax International Airport in Enfield, Nova Scotia, 56 nautical miles (104 km) away. At 22:21 the pilot reduced altitude from 10,000 m to 3,000 m and announced he was dumping fuel. At 22:24 he finally declared an emergency, contact with the aircraft was lost one minute later and it struck the ocean at around 22:31.
This report is to remind us of the fact that 229 humans died in this tragic accident. We want all humans died our respect and our peace to speak.