On Halloween, 1999, Egypt Air Flight 990 crashed off the coast of Nantucket.
There were no survivors among the 217 on board.
The American Red Cross, working with the NTSB, set up a Family Assistance Center in Newport, Rhode Island, where the families of the missing could meet. News reports note those who came from Egypt were offered a prayer room, greeters in their hotel, and American Red Cross disaster mental health staff.
Among the Massachusetts contingent helping out was Michael Murray, a counselor with Spiritual Care Aviation Response Team, a clerical volunteer group working with the Red Cross. He was a staffer from the Cambridge Health Alliance offering his expertise, according to the New York Times.
The Flight was originally set for Los Angeles to Cairo, with a stop in New York City. One week later, news reports note the families, escorted by Red Cross volunteers, were led to the water’s edge in Newport for a ceremony to say goodbye.