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Gander marks Arrow Air crash anniversary


It’s been 31 years since that tragic day, when just seconds after take off, 256 people lost their lives in the Arrow Air crash of Dec. 12, 1985.

A group of American servicemen had departed Gander aboard Arrow Air Flight 1285 bound for their home base in Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

The group of soldiers had just returned from the Middle East where they had been engaged in a peacekeeping mission, and were on the way home to spend time with their families during the holiday season.

Tragically, the plane crashed in Gander approximately half a kilometre from the runway, claiming the lives of 248 soldiers and eight crewmembers.

To this day, it’s known as the deadliest aviation accident to occur on Canadian soil.

In marking the occasion some three-dozen residents and air force personnel braved the biting cold to pay their respects at the Gander Heritage Memorial Park’s Tragedies of Fight memorial.

A group of American servicemen had departed Gander aboard Arrow Air Flight 1285 bound for their home base in Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

The group of soldiers had just returned from the Middle East where they had been engaged in a peacekeeping mission, and were on the way home to spend time with their families during the holiday season.

Tragically, the plane crashed in Gander approximately half a kilometre from the runway, claiming the lives of 248 soldiers and eight crewmembers.

To this day, it’s known as the deadliest aviation accident to occur on Canadian soil.

In marking the occasion some three-dozen residents and air force personnel braved the biting cold to pay their respects at the Gander Heritage Memorial Park’s Tragedies of Fight memorial.

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