CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 27, 1999
Regarding the recovery of John F. Kennedy Jr.'s aircraft, July 22: It's reassuring to know that if my loved ones go down at sea in a private plane the combined might of the Coast Guard, Navy, NOAA, the White House, local law enforcement and the press corps will charge out there and make it their "first priority" to get them back. I just remembered that I'm not wealthy--that wouldn't have anything to do with it, would it? MATTHEW P. MACKENZIE Temple City I do not feel that President Clinton has to explain to anyone why he used the Coast Guard to search for the bodies of the Kennedys and Lauren Bessette.
July 25, 1999 |
Friends and family members gathered Saturday to bid a final, heartfelt farewell to Lauren Bessette and her sister Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, who perished with John F. Kennedy Jr. in a plane crash in the Atlantic Ocean. In the week since the accident, there have been countless eulogies for the 38-year-old son of Camelot, the husband of Carolyn.
July 24, 1999 |
To the accompaniment of gospel and reggae music, and to the words of Shakespeare and Irish bards, family and friends bade a final farewell Friday to John F. Kennedy Jr., remembered by his uncle as a young man of wit and grace who, like his father, "had every gift but length of years." Continuing a sad tradition that has seen him take charge through decades of family tragedy, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.
July 23, 1999 |
In a simple, solemn ceremony aboard a Navy destroyer, the ashes of John F. Kennedy Jr., Carolyn Bessette Kennedy and Lauren Bessette were committed to the ocean Thursday morning, not far from where they died last week when their private plane spiraled into the sea. About 15 Kennedy and Bessette family members were present for the somber farewell on the deck of the Briscoe, about five miles off Martha's Vineyard.
July 21, 1999 |
The "splash-down point" of John F. Kennedy Jr.'s plane was roughly identified on Tuesday, and federal officials provided more details of the flight's final minutes. As Kennedy descended toward Martha's Vineyard, in what appeared to be a normal approach, he sharply turned to the right and then the plane dropped rapidly to the water, diving at 10 times the normal rate, officials said Tuesday.
July 20, 1999 |
The flight of John F. Kennedy Jr., his wife and sister-in-law was normal until about 17 miles from the airport off Martha's Vineyard, when the plane suddenly lost altitude in an apparent "graveyard spiral," an indication that pilot error was the most likely cause of the crash, air safety experts said Monday. The plane lost 1,100 feet in only 14 seconds--a descent rate of 4,700 feet per minute--before it disappeared from radar coverage, National Transportation Safety Board officials said.