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Friday, July 16, 1999. :   John F Kennedy Jr, son of assassinated president John F Kennedy, is killed in an aircraft accident.

     John Kennedy Jr was born John Bouvier Kennedy on 25 November 1960, less than a month after his father was elected President. John Fitzgerald Kennedy was assassinated three days before John Jr turned three, and the poignant image of the little boy saluting his father's coffin captured the heartbreak of the president's murder with a powerful image.

John Jr married Carolyn Bessette in 1996. The couple, together with Carolyn's sister Lauren, was killed on 16 July 1999 when the aircraft John Jr was piloting crashed in the sea whilst flying from Essex County Airport in Fairfield, New Jersey, to Martha's Vineyard. The subsequent investigation into the crash determined that no mechanical malfunction was involved. The report concluded that the probable cause of the accident was "the pilot's failure to maintain control of the airplane during a descent over water at night, which was a result of spatial disorientation. Factors in the accident were haze, and the dark night."


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Our purpose is to do what is right, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of others.
2 Corinthians 8:21 (c) GNB
Be seen to be doing the right thing all the time. Never let there be any doubt in the mind of the observer.

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