Chairman’s Message

I became involved with ACCESS for the worst possible reason. My wife, Rosie Braman, was killed in the explosion of TWA 800. Rosie was a flight attendant for TWA, had been for 19 years. She was not scheduled to fly 800 that night, but was what the industry euphemistically (and ironically) calls “dead heading.” That means she was an employee not working the flight, but “commuting” to join another. As always, I asked her that morning what flight number she was flying on. Only half awake, she reminded me that she was on her way to Rome. I made a mental note of it and kissed her good-bye. Actually I never said good-bye to her. I preferred saying, “Come home safely to me.” To which she responded, “I always do”. I mistakenly thought that little ritual would keep her safe. It didn’t.

Later in the day she called to tell me the Rome flight was cancelled and that she would be flying to Paris to pick up the returning Rome flight. Again I asked the flight number, she told me “800”. “Okay,” I said, “Have a safe trip. Come home safely to me.” She once again replied, “I always do. It was the last time we spoke. The anguish and grief that followed in the aftermath of that event have been chronicled many times through the hundreds of stories of others who lost loved ones that night.

For me it was too personal, and it took me well over a year to accept that Rosie’s story was just one of them. I attended one support group meeting made up of people who lost loved ones on 800, and there, briefly, met Heidi Snow. Months later I read about her formation of the previously named Air Crash Support Network. I thought it was a wonderful concept and made a small donation. Not long afterward, it occurred to me that the best tribute I could make to Rosie’s memory was to help others. That was her legacy. Through ACCESS, I have been able to keep that legacy alive, and in so doing keep her memory alive as well.

In the simplest of terms, ACCESS represents people with broken hearts helping people with broken hearts. It is a human endeavor that has been played out throughout the history of civilization. This compassion and understanding provides ACCESS with its focus and is the basis for our appeal to volunteers and contributors alike. Thank you for helping me fulfill the legacy that has been entrusted to me. Thank you for your contributions and support.

Stewart Mosberg lost his wife Rosie on TWA Flight 800
ACCESS Chairman, 2000

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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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