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15 years later: TWA Flight 800 crash

Chris Carlisle, site manager of TWA Flight 800

Chris Carlisle, site manager of TWA Flight 800 Memorial at Smith Point County Park in Shirley, washes the monument with the victim's names in preparation of ceremonies marking the 15th anniversary of the crash of TWA Flight 800 on Sunday. (July 15, 2011) Photo Credit: John Dunn

The scene at Smith Point County Park in Shirley, 15 years after TWA Flight 800 crashed just minutes after taking off from JFK, killing 230 people on board. Relatives of the victims put white carnations in the sand on July 17, 2011, at 8:31 p.m., 15 years to the moment when the plane's center fuel tank exploded.

Family members and friends of the victims of
Photo Credit: John Dunn

Family members and friends of the victims of the crash of TWA Flight 800 gather at the memorial as the sun sets in Smith Point County Park in Shirley. (July 17, 2011)

Michelle Hidalgo of Leesburg, Va., the daughter of
Photo Credit: John Dunn

Michelle Hidalgo of Leesburg, Va., the daughter of TWA 800 flight attendant Jim Hall, shows her tattoo of the airplane in God's hands on her back. She attended the memorial service for the victims of the crash in Smith Point County Park in Shirley on the 15th anniversary of the crash. (July 17, 2011)

Family members and friends of the victims of
Photo Credit: John Dunn

Family members and friends of the victims of the crash of TWA Flight 800 toss flowers into the Atlantic Ocean at the beach in Smith Point County Park in Shirley. (July 17, 2011)

Family members and friends of the victims of
Photo Credit: John Dunn

Family members and friends of the victims of the crash of TWA Flight 800 toss flowers into the Atlantic Ocean at the beach in Smith Point County Park in Shirley. (July 17, 2011)

The scene at Smith Point County Park in
Photo Credit: John Dunn

The scene at Smith Point County Park in Shirley, where victims of the TWA Flight 800 crash are memorialized. (July 15, 2011)

Family members of TWA Flight 880 crash victims
Photo Credit: John Dunn

Family members of TWA Flight 880 crash victims at the memorial after a service in Smith Point County Park in Shirley. (July 17, 2011)

Heidi Snow, who lost her fiance in the
Photo Credit: Gordon M. Grant

Heidi Snow, who lost her fiance in the TWA 800 crash, in East Hampton. (July 15, 2011)

John Seaman, one of the drectors of the
Photo Credit: Ed Betz

John Seaman, one of the drectors of the Flight 800 Memorial, tands near a granite etching at the site in Shirley. (July 16, 2011)

Chris Carlisle, site manager of TWA Flight 800
Photo Credit: John Dunn

Chris Carlisle, site manager of TWA Flight 800 Memorial at Smith Point County Park in Shirley, washes the monument with the victim's names in preparation of ceremonies marking the 15th anniversary of the crash of TWA Flight 800 on Sunday. (July 15, 2011)

From left, Eleanor Seaman, John Seaman, one of
Photo Credit: Ed Betz

From left, Eleanor Seaman, John Seaman, one of the drectors of the Flight 800 Memorial, Jim Hurd, who lost his son Jamie, and Aurelie Becker, right who lost her daughter on the flight, stand near a granite etching at the site in Shirley. (July 16, 2011)

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