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A Visit to the Swiss Air Flight 111 Memorial

Yesterday I went to the Whalesback Memorial for Swiss Air 111 at Peggy’s Cove to pay my respects to those who perished. I was guest relations manager on board Veendam, which was en route to Halifax on the evening of Sept. 2, 1998, when Swiss Air 111 crashed approximately five miles off the coast of Peggy’s Cove. The Veendam diverted from Halifax to the crash site to participate in the rescue and recovery efforts, so the site holds a special meaning for me.


This memorial is dedicated to the 229 passengers who lost their lives in the crash. The site faces out toward the offshore crash site and another memorial at Bayswater.

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  • Laura

    Please contact me. I was a passenger on the ship. The majority were retired pilots, airline personnel and family. My Aunt took me on that specific cruise to have some closure, as my amazing and dear uncle, a former Pan Am and United pilot, and his son (my favorite cousin, also a pilot) had died in a private plane crash into Lake Tahoe while I was there. I can’t even begin to explain the overwhelming grief felt by all on board. My Aunt went into shock when luggage and body parts started floating up. These were all airline people. If you recall, we stayed there two days, as we were part of the recovery in the first hours, and therefore, couldn’t leave due to maritime law. We had a memorial service off the bow. Everybody were sitting in deck chairs very quiet. So sad. I have never gotten over it. It’s very hard to put into words if you were not there. God Bless, Laura

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