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THE CRASH OF FLIGHT 800

Reaction to the Disaster

July 19, 1996

"Our thoughts, our prayers have been with you through the night, and they will be with you in the days to come."

--President Clinton in a message directed to the families

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"This is a sad day for all Americans. Elizabeth and I join our fellow citizens in praying for the families of the passengers and crew of Flight 800 who have lost their lives."

--Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole.

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"I join with the American people in expressing my profound sadness over the crash. ... My thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of the passengers and crew."

--Transportation Secretary Federico Pena.

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