SHIRLEY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Monday marked the twenty first anniversary of the crash of TWA flight 800, which killed all 230 individuals on board.
Relations gathered on the seaside memorial of the location, nonetheless questioning what introduced down the Paris sure jet.
It was a silent, and unhappy tribute for relations who scanned the black granite wall in Smith Level County Park in Suffolk County, remembering family members who plunged to their dying when TWA flight 800 was blown aside in mid-air on its option to Paris.
“I advised him, ‘I ought to go together with you on this flight,’ and he stated, ‘no mother, it’s my final coaching flight,” Margareta Krick stated.
Krick’s son Oliver was the doomed aircraft’s flight engineer.
He had simply turned 25 and was pleased with his new job.
She’s by no means accepted the federal government’s rationalization that an overheated central gasoline tank malfunctioned and blew up.
“I don’t voice my opinion, however in my coronary heart I do know what occurred,” she stated.
Krick is among the many relations who stay disturbed by the quite a few eyewitness studies claiming to see one thing streaking towards the aircraft simply earlier than it exploded, probably a missile.
Investigators dismissed the reviews as unattainable, however many native residents are nonetheless not persuaded.
“Too many individuals noticed too many issues, they have been discredited and never introduced in for additional questioning,” Sue Fierra stated.
Regardless of the controversy, many relations go to the memorial on each anniversary, but even 21 years later nonetheless can’t publicly discuss their loss.
Eleanor and John Seaman’s 18-yr-previous niece Michelle was on her strategy to a good friend’s wedding ceremony in Paris.
James Heard nonetheless recollects how keen his 29-yr-previous son was to see his fiance in France.
All stated they take consolation now, from how Lengthy Islanders desperately searched the flaming water that night time for survivors.
“I’m so touched to this present day by how individuals responded. They gave it their all,” Krick stated.
And have grow to be perpetually united in each grief and satisfaction, that these misplaced won’t ever be forgotten.