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Swiss Air 111 Memorial Sites Whales Back & Bayswater, St.margarets bay, Nova Scotia


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Memorial site at The Whales Back


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Memorial site at Bayswater

Swissair Flight 111  was a Swissair McDonnell Douglas MD-11 on a scheduled airline flight from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City, United States to Cointrin International Airport in Geneva, Switzerland. On that fateful day of 2nd September 1998 the aircraft used for the flight, crashed into the Atlantic Ocean southwest of Halifax International Airport at the entrance to St. Margarets Bay, Nova Scotia. The crash site was 8 kilometres  from shore, roughly equidistant from the tiny fishing and tourist communities of Peggys Cove and Bayswater. All 229 people on board died.

The Communities of Peggy's Cove and Blandford in St.Margarets Bay, Nova Scotia  were central to the recovery operation following the crash of Swissair Flight 111. The Whales back and Bayswater memorial sites were chosen for their proximity to those communities and because they also have sight lines to both the crash site  and each other.

The three sites together - Whales back, Bayswater and the crash site; make a triangular shape across St. Margaret's Bay, which is reflected in the design of the memorials. Bayswater Beach is at the western tip of the triangle. As you stand at the monument, facing the ocean, the line on your left is the sight line to Whales back. The line to your right leads to the crash site, which lies on the horizon of St.Margarets Bay.

The remains of the passengers & crew are buried at the Bayswater site. At the request of family and community members, the quiet, modest memorials are consistent with the coastal environment.

The memorial at whalesback, St.Margarets Bay, Nova Scotia has the following inscription :

“In memory of

the 229 men, women and children

Aboard Swissair Flight 111

Who Perished off these shores

September 2, 1998

They have been joined to the

Sea and the sky

May they rest in peace

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