|Subject: ARCHIVE: July 16, 1999 ~It was 20 years ago today, POTUS JFK offspring and noted publisher John F. Kennedy Jr., 38, was killed piloting his own plane, perishing with his wife of 3 years Carolyn, 33, and her sister Lauren Bessette, 34, off the coast of Martha's Vineyard, MA. ...
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Date Posted: Tuesday, July 16, 02:36:40am
John F. Kennedy Jr. plane crash …
On the evening of July 16, 1999, John F. Kennedy Jr., son of US president John F. Kennedy, died when the light aircraft he was flying crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts. Kennedy's wife, Carolyn Bessette, and sister-in-law, Lauren Bessette, were also on board and died. The single-engine Piper Saratoga had departed from New Jersey's Essex County Airport, and its intended route was along the coastline of Connecticut and across Rhode Island Sound to Martha's Vineyard Airport.
The official investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) concluded that Kennedy fell victim to spatial disorientation while he was descending over water at night and consequently lost control of his plane. Kennedy did not hold an instrument rating and therefore he was only certified to fly under visual flight rules. At the time of the crash, the weather and light conditions were such that all basic landmarks were obscured, making visual flight challenging, although legally still permissible.