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Beautiful TWA 800 tribute...

Sun Jul 17, 2016 10:08 pm

I did a search on this and couldn't find anything - except for a thread from March. Obviously the 20th anniversary of the crash of TWA800 on the evening of July 17, 1996 so far hasn't been noticed on here. Bear with me - as this is my first post after the refresh and I find the new site and features rather confusing. So if I missed it - excuse me please.

I know there have been countless TWA800 threads over the years. Many however about the countless conspiracy theories!

The 20th anniversary of this tragedy in which 230 people lost their lives shouldn't pass unnoticed!

I vividly remember waking up the news of the crash in Germany the following morning. Just the day before I had booked a TWA flight from LEX via STL to MCI and when I went on that trip about three weeks later ist was still eerily sad to fly with TWA. You could tell TWA people were still in shock and devastated by the tragedy and most of all losing over 50 of their peers.

Here's a beautiful tribute made by a former TWA flight attendant who was on a Rome layover and supposed to return to JFK on the very aircraft that crashed. Remember due to the cancelled FCO flight that night TWA800 would have continued on there to pick up the crew and passengers for the return flight to JFK on July 18. The reason why a second crew, that was originally scheduled to fly to FCO was dead-heading on TWA800.

In the tribute she remembers the 55 TWA family members lost in the tragedy. The other 175 people on the flight are also in my thoughts and prayers tonight and should never be forgotten.

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Re: Beautiful TWA 800 tribute...

Mon Jul 18, 2016 12:44 am

It was a terrible tragedy--not only for the passengers and crew but especially for all of the non-revs aboard. It should have been a dream flight. All blessings on them all and hopefully it happened so quickly none of them had the time to realize what was happening. All good wishes to the TWA family.
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Re: Beautiful TWA 800 tribute...

Mon Jul 18, 2016 4:38 am

Thank you for posting this wonderful tribute. I can't believe it's been 20 years since that night... May all the people that were aboard 800 R.I.P.
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Re: Beautiful TWA 800 tribute...

Mon Jul 18, 2016 5:17 pm

Yes, wow, twenty long years already. I still vividly remember this tragic day as if it was yesterday. Such a sad shocking day. I knew a restaurant waiter who died in the crash along with his lovely American wife. Sad.
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Re: Beautiful TWA 800 tribute...

Mon Jul 18, 2016 6:09 pm

I was 14, listening to the radio in my bedroom when the DJ announced a 747 had crashed off Long Island. I went downstairs, turned on the TV and saw the burning wreckage in the ocean. I remember being glued to the TV the next day watching the coverage.

I remember reading somewhere that the ATH-JFK flight ended up stopping in Rome to pick up the passengers and crew who should've returned on the TW800 aircraft. I can't find anything to verify that, but I swear I read it here or on another board.

RIP to all the crew and passengers who perished that day.

I saw on twitter that there's a space dedicated the the crew on TW800 at the TWA museum in Kansas City.
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Re: Beautiful TWA 800 tribute...

Mon Jul 18, 2016 6:45 pm

There is also very poignant tribute by pilot who lost his girlfriend on the flight.
It was published in the Airways Magazine.
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Re: Beautiful TWA 800 tribute...

Mon Jul 18, 2016 7:25 pm

That night will haunt many people for the rest of their lives.

I worked with a former TWA agent who worked the gates that night at T5. She was working the gate next to 800. She said she can still she the French Club sitting on the floor waiting to board. A passenger asked her for a baggage tag. There weren't any at her gate, she apologized. He yelled at her, "I hope your f!#king airline goes out of business." The man turned around and she watched him board 800. The agents who actually worked the flight all quit shortly after.
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Re: Beautiful TWA 800 tribute...

Mon Jul 18, 2016 8:00 pm

Working Crew:

Captain Ralph Kevorkian, 58, Garden Grove, California
Captain Steven Snyder, 57, Stratford, Connecticut
Flight Engineer Richard Campbell, 63, Ridgefield, Connecticut
Flight Engineer Oliver Krick, 25, Lake St. Louis, Missouri
Flight Service Manager Jacques Charbonnier, 66, Northport, New York
Flight Attendant Daniel Callas, 22, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Flight Attendant Constance Charbonnier, 49, Northport, New York
Flight Attendant Janet Christopher, 48, Brodheadsville, Pennsylvania
Flight Attendant Debra Collins DiLuccio, 47, Agropoli, Italy
Flight Attendant Arlene Johnsen, 60, Grand Junction, Colorado
Flight Attendant Raymond Lang, 51, North Massapequa, New York
Flight Attendant Maureen Lockhart, 49, Merriam, Kansas
Flight Attendant Sandra Meade, Camano Island, Washington
Flight Attendant Grace Melotin, 48, Jupiter, Florida
Flight Attendant Marit Rhoads, 48, Bellevue, Washington
Flight Attendant Michael Schuldt, 51, Safety, Harbor, Florida
Flight Attendant Melinda Torche, 47, Mission Viejo, California
Flight Attendant Jill Ziemkiewicz, 24, New York City, New York

Deheading Rome Crew:
Captain Gideon Miller, 57, Sarasota, Florida
First Officer Richard Verhaeghe, 48, Goldsboro, North Carolina
Flight Engineer Douglas Eshleman, 35, Aurora, Colorado
Flight Service Manager Lani Warren, 48, Sherman Oaks, California
Flight Attendant Sandra Aiken-Bellamy, 49, St. Albans, New York
Flight Attendant Rosemary Braman-Mosberg, 47, Hoboken, New Jersey
Flight Attendant Warren Dodge, 50, Brentwood, New Hampshire
Flight Attendant Daryl Edwards, 41, Jersey City, New Jersey
Flight Attendant Joanne Griffith, 39, Brooklyn, New York
Flight Attendant Eric Harkness, 23, Birchwood, Ohio
Flight Attendant James Hull, 46, Southampton, Pennsylvania
Flight Attendant Lonnie Ingenhuett, 43, Scottsdale, Arizona
Flight Attendant Barbara Kwan, 50, Scottsdale, Arizona
Flight Attendant Elaine Loffredo, 50, Glastonbury, Connecticut
Flight Attendant Eli Luevano, 42, Girona, Spain
Flight Attendant Pamela McPherson-Cobb, 45, Atlanta, Georgia
Flight Attendant Olivia Simmons, 50, Orange, New Jersey


Otis Lamar Allen (Husband of Retired Flight Attendant)
Ashton Allen (Son of Retired Flight Attendant)
Patricia Anderson (Retired Flight Attendant)
Edward Anderson (Husband of Retired Flight Attendant Patricia Anderson)
Paula Carven (Flight Attendant)
Deirdre Feeney (Daughter of TWA employee)
Vera Feeney (Wife of TWA employee)
Clair Gasq (Mother of Retire Flight Service Manager Francis Gasq)
Francis Gasq (Retired Flight Service Manager)
Analei Ralli Gough (Flight Attendant)
Donald Gough (Captain)
Chelsea Harris (Daughter of Customer Service Agent Elsie Ostachieweiz)
Pamela Lyncher (Retired Flight Attendant)
Katherine Lyncher (Daughter of Retired Flight Attendant Pamela Lyncher)
Shannon Lyncher (Daughter of Retired Flight Attendant Pamela Lyncher)
Alecia Nelson (Retired Flight Attendant)
Twyla Nelson (Daughter of Retired Flight Attendant Alecia Nelson)
Elsie Ostachieweiz (Customer Service Agent)
Scott Rhoads (Husband of working Flight Attendant Marit Rhoads)
Joseph Von Hedrick (son of Flight Attendant Paula Carven)
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Re: Beautiful TWA 800 tribute...

Tue Jul 19, 2016 10:39 am

eksath wrote:
There is also very poignant tribute by pilot who lost his girlfriend on the flight.
It was published in the Airways Magazine.

That was an extremely moving and well-written piece. It brought tears to my eyes. Thanks for reminding me!
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Re: Beautiful TWA 800 tribute...

Tue Jul 19, 2016 6:03 pm


I thought this was a great tribute to the crew of flight 800, it was such a horrible disaster, and it should never be forgotten. I remember when I first heard about this crash, I just came back from a long bike ride, and my father was watching CNN and the headlines was that a TWA 747 exploded. I remember the video of the burning wreckage in the dark Atlantic Ocean, and I knew then how massive this crash was.

The accident aircraft N93119, was an interesting jet, it was originally ordered by Eastern, but EA cancel it's 747 order in favor of L1011s. TWA pick the 747s from EA's cancel order, and later on, least them to the Iranian Air Force. Now N93119 was one of the few 747s, from the EA order that was still in TWA fleet.

I wish peace the the families of the victims.

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