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Tragic Flight (800) A Tragic Night

Michael F. Connolly, Woodside, NY, wrote this poem on the night of July 17, 1996

“My heart it aches, my prayers are many for 230 families tonight. Because their friends and loved ones were tragically lost in flight; They represent many countries nationalities and races. Most were seeking fun and joy in many beautiful places…”

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Their Spirit Lives On

Joan lost her brother, his wife, and their three children on Northwest 255

“Our logo is the dove, “THEIR SPIRIT LIVES ON” and a rainbow as many families had rainbows around their homes the next night after the crash. On our first anniversary something happened that was so beautiful, as we started to read our loved ones names…”

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A Tribute to Ryan Sparks

Pam lost her son aboard Alaska Airlines Flight 261

As the sun sets so early
On a life that was so grand
Our hearts are filled with sorrow
As we try to understand…

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My Sister Sandi

Kim lost her sister Sandi, 27, aboard American Eagle 4184

My sister, my best friend that's what she was
I think of her so much
Because she was my special friend
Her loss so great right at the end…

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A Loved One’s Prayer

In Loving Memory For the families of Swissair Flight #111

We all have different losses but the pain is the same. I am so very, very sorry for all the families. I hope my prayer will help in some small way. God Bless!

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Message of Spring

Sanya lost her fiancé on Pan Am Flight 103

“I recall how excruciatingly painful the first spring was after the bombing — and indeed so many springs thereafter. How possibly could life be springing anew everywhere, when the man I loved was dead, and it seemed as though my soul, too, was dying within.”

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In memory of “Sparky

Submitted by Leann Sorenson
“I am sending this letter to all the families that lost loved ones on Flight 261, especially to Sparky's (Ryan Sparks') mom, I know you already know that your son was a very special person, but I want you to know Sparky was a very special person in my familys eyes too, he was like one of the kids, like he had always been around our family forever…”

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The Ripple of Alaska Airlines Flight 261

Alaska Airlines Flight 261

The impact on calm water displaces circular ripples that touch so many, such as the far-reaching effect of an aviation disaster. The fatal accident of Alaska Airlines Flight 261 affected many communities up and down the west coast.

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From the Families of Continental Flight 3407

“None of us wish for another family to go through the pain and suffering we have been through and we are doing everything in our power to promote positive change in the aviation industry.”– the Families of Continental Flight 3407 Click here to visit the Continental Flight 3407 website

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The Cruelest Month

Eric V. Siu lost his father, his mother, and three young cousins on Pan Am 816

“Fresh reminders come as suddenly as the original disaster, ringing in the middle of the night, or wafting though the air from a neighbor's kitchen at dinnertime. We can almost sense one another bracing in unison against the announcement, 'We interrupt this program . . .' At those times, no explanation is needed. At other times, no explanation seems possible…”

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Surviving Sudden Loss: Stories from those who have lived it

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Families We Have Helped:

Below are some of the air disasters that we have responded to:
Private Plane - 9/26/12
Rockingham County, VA
Private Plane - 2/27/11
Abu Dhabi
Private Plane - 12/22/10
Barrington, NY
Private Plane - 7/17/10
South Portland, ME
Air India Express 812 - 5/22/10
Mangalore, India
Afriqiyah Airways 8U771- 5/12/10
Tripoli, Libya
Ethiopian Airlines 409 - 1/25/10
Off of Na'ameh, Lebanon
Air France Flight 447 - 6/1/09
Atlantic Ocean
Turkish Airlines Flight 1951 - 2/25/09
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
Continental Flight 3407 - 2/12/09
Clarence Center, NY
US Airways Flight 1549 - 1/15/09
Hudson River, NY
Aeroflot Flight 821 - 9/14/08
Perm, Russia
Spanair JK 5022 - 8/20/08
Madrid, Spain
TAM Airways JJ 3054 - 7/17/07
São Paulo, Brazil
Comair Flight 5191 - 8/27/06
Lexington, KY
Airbus A320-211 - 5/3/06
Off Sochi, Russia
Bellview Airlines - 10/23/05
West Caribbean Airways 708 - 8/16/05
Machiques, Venezuela
Air France Flight 358 - 8/2/05
Ontario, Canada
Kam Air Flight 904 - 2/3/05
Pamir Mountains, Afghanistan
Corporate Airlines 5966 - 10/19/04
Pettis Township, MO
Kish Airlines Flight 1770 - 2/10/04
United Arab Emirates
Georgian Express Flight 126 - 1/17/04
Ontario, Canada
Flash Airlines 604 - 1/3/04

Red Sea

Turkish Airlines 634 - 1/8/03

Diyarbakır Airport, Turkey

US Airways Express/Air Midwest Flight 5481 - 1/8/03

Charlotte, NC

American Flight 587 - 11/12/01

Queens, NY

The events of September 11, 2001

Private Plane - 12/3/00
Milltown, WI
Singapore Airlines 006 - 10/31/00

Chiang Kai-shek Internat'l Airport

Gulf Air Bus A320 - 8/23/00

Persian Gulf, Bahrain

Air France Concorde 4590 - 7/25/00

Gonesse, France

Alaska Airlines 261 - 1/31/00

Pacific Ocean

Egypt Air 990 - 10/31/99

Atlantic Ocean

American Airlines 1420 - 6/1/99

Little Rock, AR

Swissair 111 - 9/2/98

Atlantic Ocean

Private Plane - 8/4/98
Phillips, WI
TWA 800 - 7/17/96

US Air 427 9/8/94

Allegheny County, PA

Long Island, NY

Pan Am 103 - 12/21/88

Lockerbie, Scotland

TWA/United Airlines - Mid-Air Collision- 12/16/1960
Brooklyn & Staten Island, NY
and hundreds of other private, commercial and military air disasters

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