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Egypt Air Flight 990 Crashed Off Nantucket 14 Years Ago Today

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There were no survivors among the 217 on board.

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.