Swiss remember Halifax crash victims

Several hundred people have attended an ecumenical church service to remember the 229 victims of a Swissair plane crash off the coast of Canada ten years ago.

This content was published on September 6, 2008 - 16:00

Families and friends of the victims, as well as senior employees of the defunct airline, gathered at a church near Zurich airport on Saturday to commemorate those killed in Switzerland's worst aviation disaster.

Roses were laid on the altar for each of the victims of the crash – mainly Swiss, French and United States citizens.

The anniversary brought back dark memories of the terrible shock of the accident, a Catholic priest with the airport's church care team said during the service.

Three days ago families gathered at a memorial in Bayswater, Nova Scotia.

The Swissair plane, which had taken off from New York bound for Geneva, came down off the coast of Canada on September 2, 1998.

An investigation into the crash blamed flammable insulation that allowed a small electrical fire to spread uncontrolled.

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