It Was Nine Years Ago, July 17, 1996

By Jerry Cosley

 TWA 800 - JFK/PAR - July 17, 1996

 Another painful year has passed, and every one at TWA no doubt will remember what we were doing at 8:45 pm (EST) on July 17, 1996. We were engulfed in shock as our lives were dramatically, savagely, changed forever. An unwavering dedication to safe operations has always been an article of faith in our business, and every fatal aircraft accident leaves a deep scar on our souls, but the loss of Flight 800 shortly after departing Kennedy was of a magnitude we had never before experienced.

 We cannot  forget the 230 souls who perished that warm summer evening, including the TWA family and friends who were aboard, as reported by Associated Press:

 Aikens-Bellamy, Sandra, 49, off-duty TWA employee, of New York City
Braman-Mosberg, Rosemary, 47, off-duty TWA employee, of Hoboken, N.J.
Callas, Dan J., 22, TWA Flight 800 crew, of Philadelphia
Campbell, Richard G. , 63, TWA Flight 800 flight engineer, of Ridgefield, Conn.
Carven, Jay, 9, of Bel Air, Md. (son of Paula Carven)
Carven, Paula, off-duty TWA flight attendant of Bel Air, Md. (mother of Jay Carven)
Charbonnier, Jacques, 66, TWA flight 800 crew, of Northport, N.Y.
Charbonnier, Constance, 49, TWA flight 800 crew, of Northport, N.Y.
Christopher, Janet, 48, TWA flight 800 crew, of Brodheadsville, Pa.
DiLuccio, Debra Collins, 47, TWA flight 800 crew, of Agropoli, Italy; formerly of Athens, Ga.
Dodge, Warren, 50, off-duty TWA employee, of Brentwood, N.H., and Ashland, Mass.
Edwards, Daryl, 41, off-duty TWA service supervisor, Jersey City, N.J.
Gough, Analei Ralli, off-duty TWA flight attendant, of Mill Valley, Calif. (married to Donald Gough)

 

Gough, Capt. Donald, off-duty TWA pilot, of Mill Valley, Calif., and Incline Village, Nev. (married to Analei Gough)
Griffith, Joanne, 39, off-duty TWA employee, of Brooklyn, N.Y.
Harkness, Eric, 23, off-duty TWA employee, of Columbus, Ohio.
Hull, James, 48, off-duty TWA employee, of Southampton, Pa.
Ingenhuett, Lonnie, 43, off-duty TWA employee, of Scottsdale, Ariz.

Johnsen, Arlene E. , 60, TWA Flight 800 flight attendant, owned a bed and breakfast, of Grand Junction , Colo.
Kevorkian, Capt. Ralph G. , 58, TWA Flight 800 pilot, of Garden Grove , Calif.
Krick, Oliver, 25, TWA Flight 800 flight engineer, of St. Louis .
Kwan, Barbara, 40, off-duty TWA employee, of Scottsdale, Ariz.
Lang, Raymond, 51, TWA Flight 800 crew, of Tafton, Pa.
Lockhart, Maureen, 49, TWA Flight 800 crew, of Merriam, Kan.
Loffredo, Elaine, 50, off-duty TWA employee, of Glastonbury, Conn.
Luevano, Jr., Elias, 42, off-duty TWA employee, of Albuquerque, N.M.
McPherson, Pamela Cobb, 45, off-duty TWA employee, of New York City
Meade, Sandra, 42, TWA Flight 800 crew, of Camano Island, Wash.
Melotin, Grace, 48, TWA Flight 800 crew, of Corona, N.Y.; Jupiter, Fla.
Miller, Gideon, 57, off-duty TWA pilot, of Sarasota, Fla.
Rhoads, Marit, 48, TWA Flight 800 crew, Bellevue, Wash. (married to Scott Rhoads)
Rhoads, Scott, 48, schoolteacher, Bellevue, Wash. (married to Marit Rhoads).
Schuldt, Michael, 51, TWA Flight 800 Crew, Safety Harbor, Fla.
Simmons, Olivia, 50, schoolteacher and off-duty part-time TWA employee, Orange, N.J.
Snyder, Capt. Steven, 57, TWA Flight 800 pilot, Stratford, Conn.
Torche, Melinda, 47, TWA Flight 800 crew, Mission Viejo, Calif.

Verhaeghe, Rick L. , off-duty TWA flight officer, 48, Goldsboro, N.C.
Warren, Lani, 48, off-duty TWA flight service manager, San Diego, Calif.
Ziemkiewicz, Jill, 24, TWA Flight 800 crew, of Rutherford, N.J.