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Virtual Earth map of Aircrash Swissair Flight 111

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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.



 

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