Swissair 111 crash: The lessons learned
At 10:31 p.m. on Sept. 2, 1998, many Nova Scotians felt their homes tremble as Swissair 111 smashed into the waters off Peggy's Cove, killing all 229 people on board. Years later, this remains, in part, a Canadian tragedy. Although only four Canadians were killed on the flight, the crash of Swissair 111 had an enduring impact in Canada. Local fishermen led the search for survivors, residents welcomed the victims' families and the names of the dead are etched in stone monuments on the coast.
• Investigators reconstructed much of the plane, which was smashed into nearly two million pieces.
• Much of the wreckage lay more than 50 metres underwater • The Swissair Flight 111 Investigation Team won a Head of the Public Service Award from the Canadian Public Service Agency in 2003. The award nomination cited the team's "great resourcefulness and professionalism in carrying out their work but also compassion for the families of the crew and passengers who died. Their dedication and expertise exemplify the best qualities of public service."
Program: The National
Broadcast Date: March 27, 2003
Guest(s): Vic Gerden, Myles Gerety, Ian Shaw, Camille Thériault, Fabienne Thorens
Host: Peter Mansbridge
Reporter: Laurie Graham
Last updated: February 2, 2012
Page consulted on September 10, 2014
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