~~July 17, 2014~~
A huge loss …. always wondering “what if”. It’s one of those “I remember exactly where I was and what I was doing when … ” moments. When I heard that the plane was missing, my heart skipped a bit. “No, not again; not him”.
Yet it was. Sad loss …. what if?
John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Jr., often referred to as JFK Jr. or John-John in the press, was an American lawyer, journalist, and magazine publisher.
Born: November 25, 1960, Washington, D.C.
Died: July 16, 1999, Atlantic Ocean
Height: 6′ 1″ (1.85 m)
Spouse: Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy (m. 1996–1999)
Siblings: Caroline Kennedy, Patrick Bouvier Kennedy, Arabella Kennedy
~~On This Day, July 16, 1999: JFK Jr. Dies in Plane Crash~~
Shortly after 8:30 p.m. on July 16, John F. Kennedy Jr. took off from Essex County Airport in New Jersey in his Piper Saratoga plane with his wife, Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, and her sister, Lauren Bessette, on board. He planned to drop off Lauren in Martha’s Vineyard and then continue to Hyannis Port, where his cousin Rory was getting married.
At about 9:30 p.m., 34 miles west of Martha’s Vineyard Airport,Kennedy began his descent through haze and darkness. About seven miles from the shore, he made a right turn away from his destination and ascended several hundred feet.
After Kennedy turned back left and resumed a descent, his plane turned right and began a rapid descent of 4,700 feet per minute, according to the National Transportation Safety Board’s official report of the accident. The “airplane struck the water in a nose-down attitude,” reported the NTSB.
U.S. Coast Guard officials immediately began a rescue search, and in the days that followed, the Air Force, Navy and civilians scoured the waters in hopes of saving the trio. Luggage from the crash wreckage surfaced on July 17.
“There is always hope,” said Coast Guard Lt. Gary Jones. “But unfortunately, when you find certain pieces of evidence, you have to be prepared for anything.”
As days passed, Americans began to lose hope that any passengers would be found alive. On July 21, divers recovered the three bodies eight miles offshore. A memorial ceremony for the three was held on July 22, where their remains were scattered at sea from a navy destroyer, the USS Briscoe.
The NTSB released its official report in 2000, which concluded that the probable cause of the accident was Kennedy’s “failure to maintain control of the airplane during a descent over water at night, which was a result of spatial disorientation. Factors in the accident were haze, and the dark night.”
With only 310 hours of total flight practice when the incident occurred, Kennedy was considered an inexperienced pilot who could not yet deal with night conditions or flying over water.
~~In Loving Memory of JFK Jr.~~
~~Uploaded on Jul 17, 2008~~
We ALL remember!!
We ALL are ONE!!