- ACCIDENT DETAILS
Date: September 02, 1998
Time: 21:30
Location: Off Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia, Canada
Operator: Swissair
Flight #: 111
Route: New York City - Geneva
AC Type: McDonnell Douglas MD-11
Registration: HB-IWF
cn / ln: 48448/465
Aboard: 229   (passengers:215  crew:14)
Fatalities: 229   (passengers:215  crew:14)
Ground: 0
Summary: The aircraft was on a flight from JFK Airport, New York to Geneva, Switzerland when the crew reported smoke in the cockpit and requested an emergency landing at Halifax. The plane began dumping fuel and preparing for an emergency landing when it disappeared from radar and crashed into the Atlantic Ocean southwest of Halifax. A fire in the entertainment system wiring started in a hidden area above the cockpit ceiling when arcing ignited the cover material made of thermal insulation blankets. This set off an in-flight fire that spread and increased in intensity until it led to the loss of the aircraft.. It was determined that aircraft certification standards for material flammability at the time of the accident were inadequate. Dr. Jonathan Mann, researcher in the fight against AIDS and Joseph LaMotta, son of boxing champion Jake LaMotta, killed in the crash.
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