A large pieces of wreckage of Swissair flight 111 recovered from Atlantic coast. Image Credit: Gulf News Archives

1998 - Rescue teams searched for bodies and debris in rough seas off Canada’s Atlantic coast after a Swissair jet crashed into the ocean, killing all 229 people on board. The wide-body jet, heading for an emergency landing in Halifax, Nova Scotia, after smoke began filling the cabin, plunged into the ocean.

A flotilla of fishing boats, Coast Guard and Navy ships hauled in a grim cargo of debris including children’s toys and sodden luggage. Airline officials gave a chilling glimpse of the last moments of the flight, reporting that the pilots issued the extreme distress call “Pan, pan, pan” — short for the French “panne”, or breakdown as they fought to keep the plane in the air.

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