Monday, September 1, 2008


On September 2, 1998, in the dark of night, Swissair Flight 111 crashed into the ocean off Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia, killing all 229 people on board.

Peggy's Cove

The scene was horrendous. Local fishermen, in their small fishing boats, raced to the point of impact to rescue survivors. With flashlights, they scanned the water, and what they saw still haunts them. Both the plane and its crew and passengers had disintegrated, and floating on the surface of the water were body parts and small pieces of the plane. In the end, approximately 2 million pieces of debris were recovered.

The crash and the aftermath...

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

The 10th anniversary of the crash is only a few days away, although for most Nova Scotians, especially the residents of Peggy's Cove and Bayswater, it feels like yesterday.

And the names of the victims will be forever etched in our memories...


Abady, George, dual citizen of Morocco and Canada
Abery, Keith, Britain
Aboutaam, Sleiman, Bloomfield Township, Mich.
Aboutaam, Suada, Bloomfield Township, Mich.
Acevedo, Ingrid, 32, New York City
Aellen, Pierre-Andre, Le Landeron, Switzerland
Albertsen, Else, 74, Tenafly, N.J.
Albertsen, Torkild, 76, Tenafly, N.J.
Alleaume, Bruno, France
Al Saud, Bandar, 45, Saudi Arabia
Amposta, Mathieu, Switzerland
Babolat, Pierre, 52, Lyons, France
Baconnier, Pascal, France
Baeumer, Ludwig, 61, Geneva
Ball, Eudyce, United States
Ball, Martin, United States
Bell, Patrick W., 34, New York
Benjamin, Jesse James, France
Benjamin, Stacey, France
Benjamin, Wahkyn, France
Benjamin, Whitney Ginger, France
Bilger, Joachim, 49, Geneva
Bittenbinder, Suzanne, 33, West Palm Beach, Fla.
Bolsterli, Andrew, dual citizen of Switzerland and the United States
Bouchout, Geoffroy, France
Boure, Faye, France
Boure, Rosline, France
Bove, Jane, United States
Burckhard, Erich, Germany
Burghardt, Susan, United States
Burrus, Dominique, 42, Corsy-sur-Lutry, Switzerland
Burrus, Thierry, 15, Corsy-sur-Lutry, Switzerland
Calvet-Mazy, Catherine, 37, France
Caripides, Gabriella, 60, New York
Caripides, Peter, 27, New York
Caripides, William, 71, New York
Cegar, Natasa, Yugoslavia
Chapman, Cauley H., Olney, Md.
Chapman, Mark J., Olney, Md.
Chatelain, Odette, Switzerland
Chatelain, Raoul, Switzerland
Chevey, Nathalie, Vevey, Switzerland
Chevey, Nicolas, 35, Vevey, Switzerland
Clements-Mann, Mary Lou, 51, Columbia, Md.
Coburn, Richard, United States
Colinbarrand, Thierry, Switzerland
Colmery, Barry, Canfield, Ohio
Colmery, Julie, Canfield, Ohio
Coppola, Maxine, New York
Danon, Albert, France
Degraef, Maarten, dual citizen of Switzerland and the Netherlands
DeMeire, Jana, 40, Los Angeles
DePledge, Caroline, Concord, Mass.
DePledge, Jane, Concord, Mass.
DePledge, Michael, Concord, Mass.
DePledge, Norman, Concord, Mass.
DeRoussan, Yves, 41, Canada
Diba, Mahmood, dual citizen of Iran and the United States
Ditchkus, Lenora, 34, Teaneck, N.J.
Ditchkus, Michael, 41, Teaneck, N.J.
Donalson, Rhonda, 35, Atlanta
Dumitru, Christian, Switzerland
Ezell, Patricia, 38, Irvington. Ala.
Fetherolf, Tara, 16, Haverford, Pa.
Fine, Douglas, 36, Fremont, Calif.
Frevier, Maryvonne, France
Froghi, Zhora, Afghanistan
Fuhrmann, William, 40, New York
Gambone, Deborah, 37, Watertown, Conn.
Gambone, Michael, 38, Watertown, Conn.
Garboudes, Amanda, France
Garboudes, Christine, France
Garboudes, Herve, France
Garboudes, Tristan, France
Gerety, Pierce J. Jr., 56, New York City
Hammond Joan, 65, Edmonds, Wash.
Hammond, Paul, 75, Edmonds, Wash.
Hastie Cherie, 59, Marietta, Ga.
Hausman, Thomas, 33, New York
Hernandez de Navarro, Yolanda, 53, Cuernavaca, Mexico
Hewsom, Roberte, United States
Hoche, Gabriel, 62, Richmond, Va.
Hodtsev, Andrew, 39, New York
Hoel, Anne Sophie, France
Hoel, Francois, France
Hoel, Marie-Francoise, France
Hoel, Olivia, France
Hoel, Paul Edouard, France
Hopcraft, Lawrence, 55, Gates Mills, Ohio
Hopcraft, Pauline, 49, Gates Mills, Ohio
Iconomopoulou, C.H., dual citizen of Switzerland and Greece
Jackman, Olivier, dual citizen of France and Britain
Jasan, Jay, 40, Basking Ridge, N.J.
Jegge, Evelyn, Canada
Jegge, Isabelle, 16, Canada
Jhurani, Somesh, India
Junod, Maryline, 42, New York
Kaiser, Marina, Switzerland
Karamanoukian, Serge, United States
Kassel, James T., 34, Medford Lakes, N.J.
Kefalidis, Nikos, 55, New York
Kief, Kevin, United States
Kinder-Geiger, Klaus, 36, Long Island, N.Y.
Kitsinger, Eric, France
Klein, Stanley, 64, New York
Kleinman, Karen, Shelton, Conn.
Kleinman, Leonard, Shelton, Conn.
Kohler, Stephane, Switzerland
Kokoruda, Jean, Trumbull, Conn.
Kokoruda, Robert, Trumbull, Conn.
Kreis, Thomas, United States
Kretschmer, Heidi, Switzerland
LaMotta, Joseph, 49, New York
Lampietti, Dario, Switzerland
Lattimer, Don, New York
Lattimer, Nancy, New York
Lemaitre, Anne-Laure, France
Lesaichot, Jean-Luc, France
Levy, Ronny M., dual citizen of Switzerland and Israel
Librett, Jeffrey M., 47, Wantagh, N.Y.
Lucas, Anna B., 74, Las Vegas
Lucas, James N., 72, Las Vegas
Maillet, Denis, 37, Baton Rouge, La.
Maillet, Karen Domingue, 37, Baton Rouge, La.
Maillet, Robert, 14 months, Baton Rouge, La.
Makarevitch, Manuel, France
Mallin, Gilda, 62, Boca Raton, Fla.
Mallin, Ralph, United States
Mann, Dr. Jonathan, 51, Columbia, Md.
Manthiou, Loukia, Bothell, Wash.
Martin, Joseph, dual citizen of France and the United States
Mehrarabansamit, Elahah, Iran
Mendo, Carlos, Spain
Milne, Alma, 66, Fairview Park, Ohio
Milne, Robert, 67, Fairview Park, Ohio
Miralai, Astrid, France
Miralai, Chantal, France
Miralai, Houchang, France
Molinier, Francoise, France
Molinier, Jean-Philippe, France
Monay, Natasha, Switzerland
Morero, Jean-Philippe, Switzerland
Morero, Marie-Antoine, Switzerland
Mortimer, Hilda B., 69, Stamford, Conn.
Mortimer, John H., 75, Stamford, Conn.
Moser, Julie, United States
Mozes, Jean-Max, 51, Haworth, N.J.,
Munari, Jaques, Switzerland
Napoli, Phyllis, New York
Nelson, Tara, 35, Mystic, Conn.
Neuweiler, Adrienne, United States
Neuweiler, John, United States
Noceto, Betty, France
Noceto, Claude, France
Ogara, William, 35, Huntington Beach, Calif.
Omran, Ahamat, United States
Pereau, Clelia, France
Pereau, Jean-Louis, France
Pereau, Joelle, France
Pereau, Sylvie, France
Pereau, Yves, France
Perroud, Eric, Switzerland
Pinoesch, Sker, Switzerland
Plumleigh, Charlotte, 56, Lakewood, Colo.
Plumleigh, Glen, 56, Lakewood, Colo.
Rappaz, Marie-Cecile, 53, Lausanne, Switzerland
Rappaz, Michel, 52, Lausanne, Switzerland
Ratnavale, Joyce, dual citizen of Switzerland and Britain
Ratnavale, Victor, dual citizen of Switzerland and Britain
Richard, Karine, 30, Switzerland
Rizza, Antonio, 14, Italy
Rizza, Victor, 58, Italy
Romano, Raymond, United States
Rossi, Maurizio, 38, Brianza, Italy
Salakhoutdinova, Elvira, 23, Russia
Salama, Magda, Egypt
Sanna, Nino, Switzerland
Saugy, Crystel, Switzerland
Scarboro, Alan, United States
Scott, Matthew, 33, New York
Scoular, Norman, 45, England
Sequi, Silvie, 21, Switzerland
Shaw, Stephanie, Great Britain
Sheer, Diane, Norfolk, Mass.
Sheer, Donald, 49, Norfolk, Mass.
Shuster, Stephanie, 32, Summit, N.J.
Smith, Caroline, Augusta, Ga.
Spanne, Per, 53, Grenoble, France, and Shoreham, N.Y.
Spanopoulou, Eugenia, 37, New York
Spanopoulou, Hodtsev Plato, 18 months, New York City
Sperber, Julie, 33, San Juan Capistrano, Calif.
Sperber, Thomas, 39, San Juan Capistrano, Calif.
Springer, H. Lloyd, Boca Raton, Fla.
Springer, Judith, Boca Raton, Fla.
Stauffer, Peter, Switzerland
Stauter, Dr. Robert, 45, Warren, Ohio
Tahmoush, Albert, 77, United States
Tahmoush, Odette, United States
Thioudellet, Alexandre, France
Thioudellet, Emmanuel, France
Thompson, Ernest, 70, Los Angeles
Thorens, Sebastien, Switzerland
Tomov, Nenad, Switzerland
Topfgibson, Nancy, United States
Tsollis, Christos, Bothell, Wash.
Tzamarioudaki, Maria, 31, East Setauket, N.Y.
Villet, Vincent, France
White, Rowenna Lee, United States
Wilcox, Alex, dual citizen of the United States and Britain
Wilcox, Petra, dual citizen of the United States and Britain
Wilkins, Monte, 19, Yucaipa, Calif.
Williams, Dr. Roger, 54, Salt Lake City
Wilson, Jonathan, 22, Brandon, Fla.
Zenios, Marino, 33, Jersey City, N.J.
Zhu, Li, China

Betrisey, Irene, Switzerland
Birkle, Raphael, 28, Switzerland
Castioni, Anne E., Switzerland
Eberhart, Patricia, 51, United States
Furter, Colette, Switzerland
Loew, Stephan, co-pilot, 36, Switzerland
Oberhansli, Rene, Switzerland
Pazeller, Seraina, Switzerland
Pompili, Jeannine, 42, Switzerland
Reutemann, Regula, 24, Switzerland
Schwab, Peter, Switzerland
Wiprachtiger, Brigit, Switzerland
Zimmermann, Urs, pilot, 50, Zurich, Switzerland
Zuber, Florence, Switzerland

Ian Shaw, the father of Stephanie Shaw who died in the crash, moved from Geneva, Switzerland to Nova Scotia. Please take a moment to watch this moving video:

Lives Less Ordinary: Ian Shaw - directed by Mike Christie:


As is written on one of the memorials to the victims of Swissair Flight 111...

"They have been joined to the sea and the sky.

May they rest in peace."


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WildAngel6 said...

Thank you for sharing this, Medusa. Remembering the Swissair Flight crash brings to mind memories of a similar crash, closer to home for me.

Eight years ago, I was one of those standing on the beach wondering about the lives of those on board Alaska Airlines Flight 261, and wishing there was something I could do to help. That day led to my ongoing involvement with the American Red Cross Disaster Services.

We have an annual tribute to their memory as well:

Bell rings for 88 crash victims

May they all rest in peace.

WildAngel6 said...

To the spirits of the eighty-eight lost.
We celebrate their lives and remember them with love.

Alaska Flight 261
January 31, 2000

Medusa said...


Thank you for your wonderful comments and the links to the sites dedicated to the crash victims of Alaska Airlines Flight 261.

May they rest in peace...

Maria said...

Thank you for this interview with Ian Shaw.

For those who missed this story on Flight SR 111 published in Esquire magazine in the year 2000:

(I apologize if this link is already here somewhere on this site.)

My heart goes out to everyone affected by this disaster.